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Templetonia retusa (Vent.) R.Br.
Cockies Tongues

W.T.Aiton, Hort.Kew. Ed.2,4:269 (1812)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Much-branched shrub, 0.3-4 m high. Fl. red/white-yellow, Apr to Nov. White sand, red clay, brown and white gravel, limestone. Plateaus, coastal cliffs, hillsides, road verges.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 10 June 2005

Scientific Description

Genus Templetonia. Form erect. Habit shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems Indumentum glabrous, Pustules or glands absent, Striation (stems ribbed) striate, Cross section flattened or winged, Spiny on any part of plant not spiny. 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 entire, Tuberculate tubercles absent, Pustules or glands absent. Length Leaf length 15-40. Width (entire leaves only) Leaf width 8-18. Scale leaves length mm long NaN (?). Indumentum Presence glabrous. Stipules Presence present and persistent to older leaves, Glands with glands (?) or without glands (?), Ribs ribbed (?) or ribless (?). Length Stipule length NaN (?). Bracteoles Presence present and persistent, Indumentum hairy, Striation not striate. Length Bracteole length 2.3-3. Pedicel Presence present, Indumentum glabrous. Length Pedicel length 14-16. Calyx Pustules or glands absent, Ribs ribless, Enlarged in fruit not accrescent. Length Calyx length 8-9. Indumentum Presence hairy, Type with simple hairs. Corolla Colour patterning uniformly coloured, Colour (when uniformly coloured) yellow or red, Petal claws ( the narrow base of the petals present. Length Corolla length 26-40. Indumentum Presence absent. Standard Indumentum glabrous, Auricles not auriculate. Length Standard length 26-38. Wings Auricles auriculate. Length Wing length 25-40. Keel Auricles auriculate, Indumentum glabrous, Beak not beaked. Length Keel length 25-40. Stamens Number ten. Anthers anther length 1.5-1.8, Position at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short). Filaments Fusion united in an open sheath. Length Filament length 22-40. Ovary Placement stipitate or sessile or subsessile. Indumentum Presence glabrous. Style Indumentum glabrous, Bearded ( with a tuft of hairs at apex ) not bearded, Apex terete. Length Style length 26-44. Fruit Type dehiscent (a pod or follicle), Constriction not constricted between the seeds, Compression flat or compressed, Placement stipitate, Beak beaked. Length Fruit length 30-65. Width Fruit width 10-12. Indumentum Presence glabrous. Flowering time April, May, June, July, August, September, October or November. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean or South-West, IBRA Bioregion Yalgoo, Coolgardie, Nullarbor, Hampton, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Warren, Esperance or Swan Coastal Plain.

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


IBRA Regions
Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Hampton, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Nullarbor, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Dandaragan Plateau, Eastern Mallee, Edel, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Hampton, Lesueur Sandplain, Mardabilla, Nullarbor Plain, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, Shark Bay, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Cambridge, Claremont, Cockburn, Coorow, Cottesloe, Cranbrook, Dandaragan, Denmark, Dundas, Esperance, Fremantle, Gingin, Gnowangerup, Greater Geraldton, Harvey, Irwin, Jerramungup, Kwinana, Mandurah, Manjimup, Northampton, Perth, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Rockingham, Shark Bay, South Perth, Wanneroo, Waroona.