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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

Genus Chorizema. Form prostrate,spreading or scrambling. Habit shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems Indumentum hairy, Pustules or glands absent, Striation (stems ribbed) not striate, Cross section terete, Spiny on any part of plant spiny at least in part. Leaves or phylloclades Presence clearly present, Position alternate, Leaves simple, Leaves or phylloclade continuous with stem not continuous with stem, Cross section of leaf or leaflet flat with flat margins, Margins of leaf or leaflet dentate, Tuberculate tubercles absent, Pustules or glands absent. Length Leaf length 15-45. Width (entire leaves only) Leaf width 8-27. Scale leaves length mm long NaN (?). Indumentum Presence hairy, Type simple. Stipules Presence apparently absent even from the youngest leaves (?), present and persistent to older leaves (?) or present but early deciduous ( only visible on youngest leaves ) (?), Glands without glands, Ribs ribless. Length Stipule length 1.6-2.8. Bracteoles Presence present but early deciduous, Indumentum hairy, Striation not striate. Length Bracteole length 1.5-2. Pedicel Presence present, Indumentum hairy. Length Pedicel length 3-4. Calyx Pustules or glands absent, Ribs ribless, Enlarged in fruit not accrescent. Length Calyx length 6-7.5. Indumentum Presence hairy, Type with simple hairs. Corolla Colour patterning multicoloured, Colour (when multicoloured - choose one colour) yellow, pink, red or orange, Colour (when multicoloured - choose a second colour) yellow, pink, red or orange, Petal claws ( the narrow base of the petals present. Length Corolla length 10-15. Indumentum Presence absent. Standard Indumentum glabrous, Auricles not auriculate. Length Standard length 9-14. Wings Auricles not auriculate. Length Wing length 9-10.5. Keel Auricles not auriculate, Indumentum glabrous, Beak not beaked. Length Keel length 5-6. Stamens Number ten. Anthers anther length NaN (?), Position at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short). Filaments Fusion free (or united at the very base). Length Filament length 2.5-4. Ovary Placement stipitate. Indumentum Presence hairy or glandular. Style Indumentum hairy or glandular towards the base, Bearded ( with a tuft of hairs at apex ) not bearded, Apex terete. Length Style length 3.5-4. Fruit Type dehiscent (a pod or follicle), Constriction not constricted between the seeds, Compression round in cross-section, Placement stipitate, Beak not beaked. Length Fruit length NaN (?). Width Fruit width NaN (?). Indumentum Presence hairy (?) or glabrous (?), Indumentum type with simple hairs (?) or with glandular hairs (?). Flowering time September or October. Distribution Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregion Swan Coastal Plain. Conservation Code Threatened (T).

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 17 April 2024


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