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Alyogyne huegelii (Endl.) Fryxell
Lilac Hibiscus

Proc.Linn.Soc.New South Wales 92:265 (1968)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Shrub, to 4 m high. Fl. white/cream/red/blue/purple, Jun or Aug to Dec or Jan. Calcareous sands, clay, laterite, granite, limestone. Variety of habitats.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 10 September 1999

Scientific Description

Shrub, with hairy stems. Leaves 40-110 mm long, 25-125 mm wide, tripartitely lobed or palmately lobed, complexly (twice-)lobed; margins crenate; hairy, with stellate hairswith scales absent, Sessile glands absent; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 40-50 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs present, with scales absent. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 7-12.5 mm long, the lobes free, glabrouswith scales absent, Sessile glands absent. Calyx green, 20-25 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, Sessile glands absent, stellate hairs present, scales absent, Terminal appendages absent, number of ribs absent. Corolla white, red, blue, purple or cream, 50-75 mm long, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present, tubercle-based simple hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs absent, scales absent. Indumentum (outside) Sessile glands absent. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 3-5 mm long; anthers 1.2-1.5 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Staminodes absent, appendages absent. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 30-35 mm long, with five style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous, wing absent. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present, Sessile glands absent, tubercle-based simple hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs absent, scales absent; apex rounded; prickles absent (except perhaps a terminal awn); terminal awns or spines absent; calyx persistent to mature fruit, not accrescent; carpels 3-5; seeds per loculus ≥5. Flowering time January, June, August, September, October, November or December. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean or South-West, IBRA Bioregion Yalgoo, Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest and Esperance.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 11 August 2023


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Edel, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Tallering.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Cockburn, Coorow, Dandaragan, Fremantle, Gingin, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Mandurah, Moora, Northampton, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wanneroo, Waroona, Yalgoo.