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Chorizema cordatum1

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Faboideae
Tribus: Mirbelieae
Genus: Chorizema
Sectio: C. sect. Chorizema
Species: Chorizema cordatum

Chorizema cordatum Lindl., 1838

Chorizema cordatum var. elegans Hereman
Chorizema cordatum var. rotundifolia L.H.Bailey
Chorizema cordatum var. spinosissimum Regel
Chorizema cordatum var. splendens Hereman
Chorizema flavum Henfr.
Chorizema superbum Lem.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia
Western Australia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Lindley, J., 1838. Edward's Botanical Register; or, Flower Garden and Shrubbery. London 24: t. 10.

Additional references

Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria.
Govaerts, R. 1999. World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b). 1532 pp.. MIM, Deurne. ISBN 90-5720-098-8 (issue 1), ISBN 90-5720-099-6 (issue 2b). Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Chorizema cordatum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 09. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Chorizema cordatum. Published online. Accessed: Mar 09 2021. 2021. Chorizema cordatum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 09 Mar 2021.
Hassler, M. 2021. Chorizema cordatum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2021 Mar 09. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Chorizema cordatum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names

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, starting either 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. As it does not tolerate freezing, in cooler areas it requires the protection of glass.[3] Propagation from seed is easily achieved, and cuttings strike well.[4]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

"Noongar names for plants". Archived from the original on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
"Chorizema cordatum, Ron Jackson, Australian National Botanic Gardens".
"Chorizema cordatum". RHS. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
"Chorizema cordatum, Australian Native Plants Society".

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