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Sphaerolobium vimineum Sm.
Leafless Globe Pea

K.D.Koenig & Sims, Ann.Bot. 1:509 (1805)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect or ascending, leafless, slender, multi-stemmed shrub, 0.3-1.2 m high. Fl. orange-yellow-red, Aug to Dec. Black peaty soils, sandy clay, clay. Winter-wet depressions, swamp edges.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 2 August 1996

Scientific Description

Erect, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, not spiny, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, continuous with stem, 3-5.6 mm long, 0.2-0.3 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules apparently absent even from the youngest leaves. Pedicel present, 1.5-2 mm long, glabrous. Bracteoles present and persistent. Calyx 4.5-5.2 mm long, not accrescent, hairy or glabrous, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 8-9 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, red or orange, with some yellow, red or orange spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 7-7.5 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 4.5-4.8 mm long, not auriculate, keel 4-4.5 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.4-0.5 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 2.2-3.5 mm long. Ovary stipitate, glabrous; style 7-7.5 mm long, glabrous, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, not beaked. Flowers in August, September, October, November and December. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Jarrah Forest, Warren, Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.

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


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Bayswater, Boyup Brook, Canning, Cockburn, Collie, Cranbrook, Denmark, Esperance, Harvey, Kwinana, Manjimup, Mundaring, Murray, Plantagenet, Swan, Waroona.