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Astroloma palidum on the Darling Range
Scientific classification
  • Astroloma pallidum R.Br. var. pallidum
  • Astroloma pallidum var. suberectum Sond.
  • Leucopogon blepharodes DC.
  • Styphelia pallida (R.Br.) Spreng.

Astroloma pallidum, commonly known as kick bush, is usually a small, compact shrub in the family Ericaceae. The species is endemic to south-western Western Australia.


Astroloma pallidum is usually a neat, dense, compact shrub but sometimes a diffuse to erect shrub to about 30 cm high. The leaves are lance-shaped, about 10 mm (0.39 in) long with toothed margins. Creamy white to pale yellow (rarely pink or red) tubular flowers are present in the axils of leaves for most of the year.

Taxonomy and naming

Astroloma pallidum was first described by Robert Brown in 1810 in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae. The specific epithet (pallidum) is a Latin word meaning "pale" or "wan".

Distribution and habitat

Kick bush grows on yellow/grey sand, red/brown laterite gravel, brown clay to sandy clay, ironstone and limestone in a variety of habitats including flats, hillslopes, winter-wet sites and the edges of lakes in the Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain and Warren biogeographical regions of Western Australia.

Use in horticulture

This species is not known in cultivation, partly because good cutting wood is difficult to obtain.

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