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Hovea acanthoclada (Turcz.) F.Muell.
Thorny Hovea

Fragm. 4:15 (1863)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect, rigid, divaricate & prickly shrub, 0.6-2 m high. Fl. purple-blue, Jul to Oct. Laterite, loam over granite, sandy clay. Rocky slopes, rocky outcrops.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 19 June 1996

Scientific Description

Erect or 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, whorled, not continuous with stem, 2-5.5 mm long, 2-2.6 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins lobed or dentate; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves. Pedicel present, 2-2.6 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present and persistent, 0.7-1.2 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 4-5.6 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 8-10 mm long, multicoloured, mostly purple or blue, with some purple or blue spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 8-9.5 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 7.5-8 mm long, not auriculate, keel 5.5-7 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.3-0.4 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath with one free stamen, 3-4.7 mm long. Ovary stipitate or sessile or subsessile, glabrous; style 6.2-6.7 mm long, glabrous, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 6-7 mm long, 9-10 mm wide, stipitate or sessile or subsessile, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, glabrous, not beaked. Flowers in July, August, September and October. Occurs in the Eremaean Botanical Province, in the Coolgardie, Mallee and Esperance IBRA regions.

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


IBRA Regions
Coolgardie, Esperance Plains.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Goldfield, Fitzgerald, Recherche.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Jerramungup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Ravensthorpe.