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Lasiopetalum bracteatum (Endl.) Benth.
Helena Velvet Bush

Fl.Austral. 1:266 (1863)
Conservation Code
Priority Four
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect, open shrub, 0.4-1.5 m high. Fl. pink-purple, Aug to Nov. Sandy clay, clay, lateritic gravel. Along drainage lines, creeks, gullies, granite outcrops.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 27 September 1996

Scientific Description

Shrub, with hairy stems. Leaves 20-80 mm long, 15-50 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; hairy, with stellate hairswith scales absent, Sessile glands absent; stipules apparently absent, even from youngest leaves. Perianth of two whorls but the corolla reduced to small scales or tiny lobes at the base of the ovary. Pedicel present, 3-7 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs present, with gland tipped hairs present, with scales absent. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 3.6-4 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum present, stellate hairs present, gland-tipped hairs gland tipped hairswith scales absent, Sessile glands absent. Calyx pink or purple, 6-9 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, Sessile glands absent, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) absent, stellate hairs present, tubercle-based simple hairs absent, gland-tipped hairs present, Terminal appendages absent, number of ribs absent. Corolla 1 mm long, glabrous. Indumentum (outside) Sessile glands absent. Stamens five, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 0-2 mm long; anthers 1.3-2 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Staminodes absent, appendages absent. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs absent, stellate hairs present, gland-tipped hairs absent; style 1, with a lobed or capitate stigma, 3.4-5.5 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, hairy for most of length, wing absent. Flowering time August, September, October or November. Distribution Botanical Province South-West, IBRA Bioregion Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt and Jarrah Forest. Conservation Code Priority Four (P4).

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


IBRA Regions
Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Armadale, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Wandering, Williams.