Australian Native Plants

  Lysiosepalum involucratum


Lysiosepalum involucratum photo
Lysiosepalum involucratum(labelled), Geelong Botanic Gardens, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Lysiosepalum involucratum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Description
Lysiosepalum is a genus of five species found in southern and south-eastern parts of Western Australia. The genus is closely related to Guichenotia, Thomasia and Lasiopetaum. Lysiosepalum involucratum is the most widely cultivated species. It is a low compact bushy shrub with linear to slightly ovate grey-green leaves about 10mm to 25mm long. The leaves are hairy. Masses of pink to mauve flowers are produced in spring. The flower petals are very small and it is the sepals that provide the flower colour.

Height
0.6m - 1.3m

Spread
1m - 1.5m

Habitat
often found on sandy or gravelly soil

Propagation
Can be propagated from seed. Firm cuttings taken from current season growth will strike reliably.

Distribution
South Western Australia

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Malvales
Family:Malvaceae
Genus:Lysiosepalum
Species:involucratum