Styphelia esquamata (R.Br.) Spreng.

Swamp Beard-heath

Syst. Veg. 1: 658 (1824)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect, leafy shrub, 20–100 cm high; branchlets glabrous. Leaves erect, narrowly elliptic or obovate, 10–22 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, flat, sometimes slightly twisted, slightly discolorous, glabrous, indistinctly nerved; margins entire; apex acuminate, terminated by a mucro c. 1 mm long. Flowers white, short-lived, solitary or paired in upper axils; bracteoles broadly ovate, 1.2–1.5 mm long, obtuse, glabrous; sepals ovate, 2.1–2.7 mm long, obtuse, glabrous; corolla c. 4 mm long, lobes c. twice as long as tube, acute, recurved only in upper part, erect below, densely bearded within; anthers lacking sterile tips; ovary glabrous, 2-locular, style 2–2.9 mm long, shortly exserted from corolla tube. Fruit narrowly obovoid, c. 4 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Sep.

EGL, EGU. Also NSW, Tas. In Victoria confined to poorly drained sites in near-coastal heathlands eastwards from Marlo, but locally rather common.

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 esquamatus R.Br.).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-07-03
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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 esquamata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Styphelia esquamata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native