Stenanthera pinifolia R.Br.

Prodr. 538 (1810)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect shrub 15–100 cm high; branchlets pubescent. Leaves ascending to spreading, dense, narrow-linear, 9.5–25 mm long, 0.3–0.6(–1) mm wide, mucronate, scabrous, lower surface usually with only midrib visible; margins flat to revolute. Flowers usually erect, subsessile, solitary; bracts and bracteoles obtuse or broadly acute; bracts c. 0.5–8 mm long; bracteoles c. 7–9 mm long; sepals ovate, 9–12 mm long; corolla tube mostly yellow, sometimes reddish at base and green toward apex, cylindric, 9–20 mm long, equal to or exceeding sepals, with scattered hairs internally; lobes green, triangular, 4–6 mm long, acute, densely bearded inside, anthers exserted from corolla tube, style c. 11–16 mm long. Fruit ovoid to globose c. 5–15 mm long, white at maturity. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

DunT, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuM, VAlp, VRiv, Wim. Also NSW, Tas. Occurs principally in heathland and heathy woodland on sandy or rocky sites, chiefly in the Grampians where moderately common, but with disjunct occurrences further east, e.g. near Avenel, Moroka Gorge, Gippsland Lakes area (e.g. Sperm Whale Head).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stenanthera pinifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stenanthera pinifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native