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Chorizema cordatum Lindl.

Bot.Reg. 24,Tab.6.10 (1838)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect, straggling or climbing shrub, 0.3-1.5 m high. Fl. yellow & orange & red/pink, Jul to Dec. Grey-brown sandy gravel, red-brown sandy loam or clay, over granite or laterite. Near rock outcrops, on hills, along streams and watercourses, winter-wet flats.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 27 June 2008

Scientific Description

Erect, prostrate,spreading or scrambling or twining or climbing plants, shrub, spindly shrub (broom-like). Stems terete, spiny at least in part, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 20-80 mm long, 8-27 mm wide, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins dentate; tubercles absent; pustules or glands absent. Pedicel present, 4-5 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present and persistent or present but early deciduous, 1-1.5 mm long, hairy, not striate. Calyx 5-7.5 mm long, not accrescent, hairy, with simple hairs, ribless; pustules or glands absent. Corolla 12-16 mm long, multicoloured, mostly yellow, pink, red or orange, with some yellow, pink, red or orange spots, streaks or blotches; claws present; standard 10-12 mm long, glabrous, not auriculate, wings 9-10.5 mm long, not auriculate, keel 8.6-10 mm long, not beaked, not auriculate, glabrous. Stamens ten; anthers 0.2-0.3 mm long, at two different levels (filaments alternately long and short); filaments free (or united at the very base), 3-5 mm long. Ovary sessile or subsessile, hairy or glandular; style 5-6.2 mm long, hairy or glandular towards the base, not bearded, terete. Fruit dehiscent (a pod or follicle), stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, not beaked. Flowers in July, August, September, October, November and December. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Warren and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.

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


IBRA Regions
Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Boddington, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Cockburn, Collie, Coorow, Dandaragan, Dardanup, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Kalamunda, Manjimup, Mundaring, Murray, Nannup, Plantagenet, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Toodyay, Wandering, Waroona, York.