Stenanthera conostephioides Sond.

in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1: 296 (1845)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub 20–100(–150) cm high; branchlets finely pubescent. Leaves ascending to spreading, linear to lanceolate, 7–25 mm long, 0.8–2(–3) mm wide, mucronate, glabrous to scabrous-pubescent, convex, lower surface usually glaucous; margins flat to revolute, smooth to scabrous-ciliate. Flowers pendent, solitary; bracts, bracteoles and sepals brown to reddish-brown, obtuse to acuminate; bracts 0.5–10 mm long; bracteoles 6.3–15 mm long; sepals broadly elliptic, 7.7–18 mm long; corolla red; tube cylindric or broader at middle or above, 6.8–14 mm long, shorter than to slightly exceeding sepals, inside with 4 or 5 pubescent ridge-like outgrowths near base, glabrous to sparsely pubescent above; lobes triangular, 5–6.5 mm long, acute, pubescent externally, densely bearded inside toward tip; anthers exserted from corolla tube, style 10–19 mm long. Fruit ovoid, c. 9–11 mm long, green, tinged maroon. Flowers Mar.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA. Occurs in heathland, heathy woodland and mallee scrub on well-drained soils.

A few collections from scattered locations in the north-west of the State have densely scabrous-pubescent leaves.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stenanthera conostephioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stenanthera conostephioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native