Stenanthemum leucophractum (Schltdl) Reissek

Linnaea 29: 295 (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Soft, spreading subshrub to c. 25 cm high; branchlets pubescent with stellate and appressed simple hairs, new growth usually golden to rusty-brown. Leaves shortly petiolate, obovate to spoon-shaped, 3–10 mm long, 2.5–8 mm wide, apex obtuse, often shortly recurved, upper surface of stem leaves green, but with short simple hairs, floral leaves white-felted above with stellate and simple hairs, lower surfaces with dense whitish stellate hairs overlain by silky brown hairs; stipules brown, ciliate to silky, to c. 3 mm long, united for c. one-third their length. Flowers in terminal heads to 8 mm diam. (not including floral leaves); bracts broad-ovate, c. 3 mm long; perianth narrow-tubular, 4–6 mm long, white or yellowish, externally appressed white-villous; sepals c. 1 mm long, spreading; petals c. 0.5 mm long; style shortly exceeding hypanthium tube, entire. Fruit c. 2.5 mm long, splitting through the base of the perianth. Flowers mainly summer.

LoM, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Locally common (particularly following fire or other disturbance) in sandy mallee areas north of and including the Little Desert.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Stenanthemum. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Stenanthemum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stenanthemum leucophractum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stenanthemum leucophractum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales