Chorizema cordatum

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Heart-Leaved Flame Pea
Chorizema cordatum flowers Dee Why.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Chorizema
Species: C. cordatum
Binomial name
Chorizema cordatum
Lindl.

Chorizema cordatum, known as the heart-leaf flame pea or Australian flame pea, is a flowering plant of the pea family, endemic to gravelly or loamy soils in eucalyptus forests, in the moist south western parts of Western Australia. The Noongar peoples know the plant as Kaly.[1]


It is a bushy, evergreen shrub. The attractive and noticeable flowers appear in late winter or spring in long racemes. Either starting at the end of stems or from the leaf axils. Flowers are orange and red, 10 to 12 mm in diameter. The heart shaped (or narrower) leaves are 3 to 5 cm long with somewhat wavy edges.[2]

It can be grown as a garden plant, and does well in other parts of the country, (such as Sydney on the other side of the Australian continent). However, a summer with lower humidity is better suited for this plant. Propagation from seed is easily achieved, and cuttings strike well.[3]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

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