Bossiaea eriocarpaCommon name: Common Brown Pea
Meaning of name: Bossiaea is named in honour of Joseph de Bossieu de la Martiniere (1754 – 1788), medical officer and botanist on Astrolabe, La Perouse’s voyage 1785 – 1788. Eriocarpa is from the Greek words erion, meaning wool, and carpos, meaning fruit.
Distribution: Occurs from Kalbarri to Albany.
Remarks: A shrub to 60 centimetres tall. The yellow and brown flowers are produced from July to October.
A species of wasp, Tanaostigmodes sp, lays its eggs in the tissue of Bossiaea eriocarpa. In response, the plant forms a gall around the foreign body – the egg. The young wasp feeds on the plant tissue inside the gall. It pupates in the gall and emerges as a fully formed adult wasp.
Associations: Tanaostigmodes sp
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.