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Chorizema varium Paxton
Bush Flame Pea

Paxton's Mag.Bot. 6:115 (1839)
Conservation Code
A taxon name retains its ‘Threatened’ status until a new name has been officially endorsed and appears in the Gazettal Notice.
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Spreading shrub, ca 0.3 m high. Fl. orange & yellow & red/pink, Jun or Sep to Oct. Sand. Coastal limestone hills & outcrops.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 29 May 1996

Scientific Description

Prostrate,spreading or scrambling, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, spiny at least in part, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 15-45 mm long, 8-27 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins dentate; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules 1.6-2.8 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 3-4 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present but early deciduous, 1.5-2 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 6-7.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 10-15 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, pink, red or orange, with some yellow, pink, red or orange spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 9-14 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 9-10.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 5-6 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 2.5-4 mm long. Ovary stipitate, hairy or glandular; style 3.5-4 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, not beaked. Flowers in September and October. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions. Conservation Code Threatened (T).

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 24 October 2023


IBRA Regions
Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)