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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

Prostrate,spreading or scrambling or twining or climbing plants, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, not spiny, hairy or glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 3.5-15 mm long, 4.7-10 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins or flat with recurved margins; margins entire; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 2-2.5 mm long, without glands, ribless. Pedicel present, 2.5-4 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles 2.2 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 4.8-7 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 9.5-10 mm long, multicoloured, orange, mostly yellow, pink or purple, with some yellow, pink or purple spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 8.5 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 7-9.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 7-7.5 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.4-1 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments united in an open sheath, 6.5-8.5 mm long. Ovary stipitate, hairy or glandular; style 10-10.5 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), 14-18 mm long, 5-6 mm wide, stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, flat or compressed, hairy, with simple hairs. Flowers in October. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Jarrah Forest IBRA regions. Conservation Code Threatened (T).

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


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