Styphelia nesophila (DC.) Sleumer

Sharp Beard-heath

Blumea 26: 153 (1964)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Trailing to decumbent shrub to c. 30 cm high; branchlets shortly hispid. Leaves obovate to oblanceolate, 3–8 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, flat to slightly convex, slightly discolorous, glabrous; margins minutely denticulate toward apex; apex acuminate, terminating in slender mucro to c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers white, single (rarely paired) in axils; bracteoles c. orbicular, 1–1.8 mm long, wider than long, glabrous, minutely mucronate; sepals ovate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, acute, or obtuse with a minute point, glabrous; corolla 5–7 mm long, lobes c. half as long as tube, acute, normally not widely spreading, densely bearded within; anthers lacking sterile tips; ovary glabrous, 5-locular, style shortly exceeding corolla tube, pilose at base. Fruit ellipsoid, 4–5 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. New Zealand. Fairly widespread in eastern Victoria, but rather uncommon, occurring chiefly on shallow, sandy or gravelly soils, often near rock, in open sites within dryish open-forests, woodland or heathland, often montane.

Source: Powell, J.M.; Walsh, N.G.; Brown, E.A. (1996). Leucopogon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Leucopogon fraseri A.Cunn. ex DC.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-03-22
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Styphelia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Styphelia nesophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Styphelia nesophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native