Leucopogon costatus (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex J.M.Black

Twiggy Beard-heath

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 42: 52 (1918) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or straggling shrub to c. 50 cm high; younger branchlets shortly pubescent. Leaves broadly ovate, 1.5–5 mm long, 1–3.5 mm wide, cordate and stem-clasping at base, slightly recurved above with a thickened blunt tip, concave, dull, glabrous, concolorous, palmately 5–7-veined, the veins usually once or twice branched; margins glabrous to sparsely ciliate. Flowers white (often pink in bud), 1–4 in terminal or upper-axillary spikes 4–7 mm long; bracteoles ovate, 1–1.3 mm long, obtuse, glabrous or minutely ciliate along the midrib; sepals ovate, 1.6–2.3 mm long, acute, usually minutely hispid near apex; corolla c. 3 mm long, lobes ± equal to tube, acute, densely bearded within; anthers with short, recurved, sterile tips; ovary glabrous, 2-locular, style c. 0.3 mm long. Fruit depressed-globose, c. 1.5 mm diam., slightly ridged. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

LoM, MuM. Also SA. Rather uncommon in heath and mallee-heath communities on sandhills of the Little Desert and southern Big Desert.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-04
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Leucopogon
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leucopogon costatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leucopogon costatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native

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