Baeckea linifolia Rudge

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 8: 297 t.12 (1807) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect shrub 1–3 m high; branches with drooping tips. Leaves rather widely spaced, linear, sometimes more or less terete, not widely spreading, 5–15 mm long; apex acute; base tapered. Flowers solitary in axils, white, to 5 mm across; pedicel 1.5–2 mm long; bracteoles 2, linear, caducous; hypanthium obconical; calyx-lobes triangular, acute; petals ovate to orbicular, 1.5–2.5 mm long; stamens 8–15, none opposite the petals, filaments curved; ovary 2-celled, flat-topped. Fruit cup-like, to 2 mm diam.; seeds angular.  Flowers mainly Dec.–Mar.

EGL. Also Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to East Gippsland where occurring in lowland swampy heaths from c. Cann River eastward.

Victorian plants often have smaller, more rigid leaves compared to plants in New South Wales and Queensland, and have previously been included in Baeckea linifolia var. brevifolia F.Mell. ex Benth.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Baeckea linifolia var. brevifolia F.Muell. ex Benth.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-08-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Baeckea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baeckea linifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baeckea linifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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