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Tiny thomasia
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Scientific classification

Asterochiton pygmaeus Turcz.

Thomasia pygmaea, commonly known as the tiny thomasia, is a small shrub which is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.


It grows to between 0.05 and 0.3 metres in height. Flowers are produced between August and November in its native range. These are pinkish-mauve and covered with small red dots.

Taxonomy and naming

The species was first formally described by botanist Nicolai Stepanovitch Turczaninow in Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou in 1806. He gave it the name Asterochiton pygmaeus . George Bentham transferred the species to the genus Thomasia in 1863.


Thomasia pygmaea is an attractive small shrub, useful for edging, container growing or in rockeries. It requires a light soil with good drainage and tolerates some shade and light frost.

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