Lawrencia squamata Nees

Thorny Lawrencia

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 242 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Divaricate, often spinescent dioecious shrub to c. 60 cm high. Leaves fascicled, sessile, linear to narrow-obovate, 1–5(–10) mm long, thickish, entire or sometimes 3-toothed at apex, surfaces appearing greyish from a layer of minute fringed peltate scales. Flowers unisexual, sessile, solitary, axillary; male flowers with calyx hemispherical 2–3 mm long, with 5 very short, rounded lobes, broadly 5-angled; petals c. obovate, exceeding sepals by up to 3 mm, free from midway or below, white or yellow, sometimes reddish-tinged; anthers 1–20; female flowers with calyx subcylindric, 2–3 mm long, barely exceeded by petals; staminodes sometimes present; styles (4–)5. Fruit ovoid, c. 3 mm long; only 1 mericarp maturing a seed; pericarp thinly membranous, closely surrounding the plump, asymmetrically ovoid seed, c. 2 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

DunT, LoM, MuF, MuM, OtP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas (doubtfully naturalised). Occasional on clay soils (often gypsum-rich) fringing salt lakes and saline depressions of far north-western Victoria, with southerly outliers from near Natimuk to Lake Paracemalac near Lake Bolac township, Lake Murdeduke, and Point Lonsdale.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Lawrencia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Lawrencia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lawrencia squamata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lawrencia squamata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Otway Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales