Common name: Eastern Flame Pea
Chorizema parviflorum Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect or ascending shrub to 50 cm high with a stout rootstock; branches angular and striate, ± glabrous.
Leaves alternate, linear to narrow-obovate, 2–4 cm long, 1–4 mm wide, often variable in size and shape on the one stem, apex obtuse or emarginate, pungent-pointed, margins recurved, lower surface pubescent; stipules bristly, caducous.
Flowers in slender terminal racemes; bracts and bracteoles narrow-lanceolate. Calyx 2–3 mm long, sparsely pubescent, lobes shorter than tube. Corolla 4–7 mm long, mostly yellow with a reddish centre. Ovary shortly stipitate, ovules usually 10.
Pod c. 5–7 mm long, broadly and obliquely obovoid or oblong; seeds shining and reticulate.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but apparently not common, in heath and sclerophyll woodland and forest on heavy soils, north from the Sydney district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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