(Crisp) G.Chandler & Crisp
Brachysema latifolium Hort.
Gastrolobium minus, also known as broad-leaved brachysema, is a prostrate shrub which is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. It is a member of the family Fabaceae and of the genus Gastrolobium, which contains many toxic species, however the toxicity of this species is unknown.
The plant grows to about 1 metre in diameter and has leaves that are oval in shape with a dark green upper surface and a silky undersurface. The flowers appear predominantly between July and October in the species native range. These are orange-red with a standard that has recurved margins and yellow markings
Distribution and habitat
The species has been popular in cultivation for many years, often distributed under the incorrect name of Brachysema latifolium. The plant may be used as a groundcover on embankments or in large containers or hanging baskets. It prefers light shade and good drainage, and is somewhat frost-tolerant.
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