Leucopogon affinis R.Br.

Prodr. 541 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub, to c. 2 m high; branchlets glabrous to microscopically pubescent. Leaves erect or suberect, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 15–50 mm long, 3–8 mm wide, convex to flat, ± concolorous, glabrous; margins entire to serrulate toward the apex; apex acute. Flowers white, often rather sparse, 6–15 in terminal and upper-axillary spikes 1–4 cm long; bracteoles ovate, 0.6–1.5 mm long, broadly acute or obtuse, glabrous; sepals narrowly ovate, 1–1.6 mm long, acute, glabrous; corolla 3–4 mm long, lobes equal to or slightly longer than tube, acute, densely and shortly bearded within; anthers with recurved sterile tips; ovary 2- or 3-locular, glabrous, style 0.3–0.5 mm long. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 3 mm long, mostly orange-red when ripe. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

Brid, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HSF, MonT, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Chiefly eastern, where fairly common in moist to dryish open-forests east from near Bairnsdale, with disjunct occurrences on French Is., the southern part of the Mornington Peninsula, Curdies River near Timboon and near the lower Glenelg River in the far south-west.

At least some populations on the Mornington Peninsula and adjacent Phillip Island have fruits that are white or yellowish rather than red at maturity. They appear otherwise typical of the species. Plants from coastal areas of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland are sometimes treated as a separate taxon. These plants have distinctly silky branchlets, relatively small and narrow leaves, and sepals that exceed the corolla tube.

The illegitimate name Leucopogon lanceolatus R.Br. has previously been applied to this species

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-14
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-01-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Leucopogon
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leucopogon affinis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leucopogon affinis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory