Styphelia adscendens R.Br.

Golden Heath

Prodr. 537 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or decumbent shrub to c. 60 cm high; branchlets finely pubescent. Leaves ascending,often slightly twisted, lanceolate or oblanceolate, 8–32 mm long, 1.8–6 mm wide, mucronate, glabrous (rarely puberulent); margins plane to slightly recurved. Flowers erect, solitary or 2 close together in axils; bracts and bracteoles ovate, obtuse and apiculate; bracts 1–3.5 mm long; bracteoles 3–6 mm long; sepals lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 7–13.5 mm long, apiculate; corolla cream, pale yellow-green or occasionally reddish; tube cylindric or widening slightly towards apex, 12.5–20 mm long, inside with scattered hairs and a ring of denser hairs toward base; lobes acute-aristate, usually recoiled, bearded, 13–17.5 mm long, style 26–38 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 4.3–8.5 mm long. Flowers Jun.–Nov.

DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Disjunctly distributed in far western Victoria from Casterton area to Stawell, and in the east (e.g. Providence Ponds, Howe Range), occurring in heathland, heathy woodland or open-forest on sandy, sometimes rocky substrates.

Plants from far East Gippsland resemble Tasmanian specimens in having smaller anthers and larger sepals than is typical for western Victorian populations.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-22
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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 adscendens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Styphelia adscendens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory