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Bossiaea reptans T.Macfarlane & J.H.Ross
Creeping Brown Pea

Nuytsia 31:157-160, Fig. 1 (2020)
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

Scientific Description

Genus Bossiaea. Form prostrate,spreading or scrambling or twining or climbing plants. Habit shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems Indumentum hairy or glabrous, Pustules or glands absent, Striation (stems ribbed) not striate, Cross section terete, 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 or flat with recurved margins, Margins of leaf or leaflet entire, Tuberculate tubercles absent, Pustules or glands absent. Length Leaf length 3.5-15. Width (entire leaves only) Leaf width 4.7-10. Scale leaves length mm long NaN (?). Indumentum Presence hairy, Type simple. Stipules Presence present and persistent to older leaves, Glands without glands, Ribs ribless. Length Stipule length 2-2.5. Bracteoles Presence present and persistent (?), absent (?) or present but early deciduous (?), Indumentum hairy, Striation not striate. Length Bracteole length 2.2. Pedicel Presence present, Indumentum hairy. Length Pedicel length 2.5-4. Calyx Pustules or glands absent, Ribs ribless, Enlarged in fruit not accrescent. Length Calyx length 4.8-7. Indumentum Presence hairy, Type with simple hairs. Corolla Colour patterning multicoloured, Colour (when uniformly coloured) orange, Colour (when multicoloured - choose one colour) yellow, pink or purple, Colour (when multicoloured - choose a second colour) yellow, pink or purple, Petal claws ( the narrow base of the petals present. Length Corolla length 9.5-10. Indumentum Presence absent. Standard Indumentum glabrous, Auricles not auriculate. Length Standard length 8.5. Wings Auricles not auriculate. Length Wing length 7-9.5. Keel Auricles not auriculate, Indumentum glabrous, Beak not beaked. Length Keel length 7-7.5. Stamens Number ten. Anthers anther length 0.4-1, Position at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short). Filaments Fusion united in an open sheath. Length Filament length 6.5-8.5. 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 10-10.5. Fruit Type dehiscent (a pod or follicle), Constriction not constricted between the seeds, Compression flat or compressed, Placement stipitate. Length Fruit length 14-18. Width Fruit width 5-6. Indumentum Presence hairy, Indumentum type with simple hairs. Flowering time October. Distribution Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregion Jarrah Forest. Conservation Code Threatened (T).

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


IBRA Regions
Jarrah Forest.
IBRA Subregions
Southern Jarrah Forest.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Cranbrook.