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Lechenaultia formosa R.Br.
Red Leschenaultia

Prodr. 581 (1810)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Prostrate to erect shrub, 0.02-0.4 m high. Fl. red/red & yellow/red & orange/cream, May to Nov. Sand over laterite or granite, clay, gravelly clay. Outcrops, gullies, flats.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 19 March 1996

Scientific Description

Stems unribbed. Leaves compressed, 3-14 mm long, 0.4-1 mm wide, Indumentum absent (leaves glabrous); margins entire. Bracteoles absent. Pedicel pedicellate, Pedicel length the pedicels 5-7 mm long, glabrous. Calyx lobes present, Calyx length 4.5-5.8 mm long, glabrous. Corolla red, 13-20 mm long, without auricles, not spurred, glabrous on the outside, glabrous on the inside; central lobes 6-9.5 mm long, with wings; outer lobes 6-10 mm long, wings present on both sides, 0.1-0.2 mm wide. Anthers free. Ovary inferior, not gibbose; style 11-13 mm long, hairy; indusium single, hairy; ovules more than two. Flowers in May, June, July, August, September and October. Occurs in the Coolgardie (COO), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Jarrah Forest (JF), Mallee (MAL) and Esperance Plains (ESP) IBRA Region(s), of the Eremaean (E) and South West (SW) Botanical Province.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 2 August 2023


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Mallee, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Recherche, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Beverley, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Brookton, Broomehill-Tambellup, Carnamah, Coorow, Cranbrook, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Dumbleyung, Dundas, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Goomalling, Greater Geraldton, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kent, Kojonup, Kondinin, Lake Grace, Narembeen, Narrogin, Northam, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Victoria Plains, Wagin, West Arthur, Wickepin, Williams, Woodanilling, York.