Leucopogon australis R.Br.

Spike Beard-heath

Prodr. 541 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender, coumarin-scented shrub, 1–2 m high; branchlets glabrous. Leaves erect, narrowly ovate to obovate, or ± oblong, 10–85 mm long, 2–10 mm wide, flat, slightly convex or margins revolute, ± concolorous, or somewhat glaucous beneath, glabrous, 3–7-nerved; margins entire; apex acute to obtuse, sometimes channelled and slightly up-turned. Flowers white, (6–)15–36 in terminal and upper-axillary spikes 10–55 mm long; bracteoles ovate, 0.8–1.5 mm long, obtuse, glabrous, midrib keeled; sepals ovate, 1.2–1.9 mm long, obtuse, glabrous; corolla 2.5–3.2 mm long, lobes slightly longer than tube, acute, densely bearded within; anthers with recurved sterile tips; ovary glabrous, 5(rarely 6)-locular, style 0.4–0.7 mm long. Fruit depressed-spherical, c. 3.5 mm diam. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, GipP, HFE, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, WaP, WPro. Also WA, Tas. Occasional in damp to wet, near-coastal heathlands and heathy woodlands between Peterborough and Yarram, and possibly becoming rare through habitat depletion within this range.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-05
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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 australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leucopogon australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales