Thomasia petalocalyx

Common name: 

Paper Flower


(alternate family: Sterculiaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Wilsons Promontory (CDKPT) also WA, SA

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Drier forests, heathy woodland and coastal heath1

Flower description:



Shrub 0.3-1 m high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This is an endemic genus of more than 30 species, but only Thomasia petalocalyx is present in Victoria. The calyx is purplish and papery and stipules are present1

Image of Thomasia petalocalyx
Image of Thomasia petalocalyx
Image of Thomasia petalocalyx Image: Will Neal
Image of Thomasia petalocalyx Image: Erin Batty
Conservation status:

Rare in Victoria


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria