Isopogon prostratus McGill

Prostrate Cone-bush

Telopea 1: 32 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Prostrate, spreading shrub, to 1 m or more diam.; branchlets reddish, pubescent. Leaves variously divided into acute linear lobes, to c. 10.5 cm long overall, glabrous but minutely scabrous, flattened; petiole to c. 6 cm long. Inflorescence sessile, to c. 2 cm diam.; involucral bracts sparsely hairy, ovate, acuminate; cone scales numerous, imbricate, broad, truncate, villous to woolly, except for the deciduous tip. Flowers to c. 12 mm long, yellow, glabrous, except for tufts of hairs on the apex of each tepal; pollen presenter at base minutely papillose, slightly swollen, constricted near midway then dilated into globular region, apical part glabrous, c. 4 mm long. Cones more or less globular, to c. 2 cm diam.; nuts villous, ovoid, tapered into a persisting style base, to c. 3 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, GipP. Also NSW. Vary rare in Victoria, with 2 disjunct occurrences, near Providence Ponds and eastern slopes of the Howe Range. Mostly in heath and dry sclerophyll forest, usually on sand or sandy soils. .

Older plants usually have a substantial lignotuber or rootstock. The small Providence Ponds population has diminished due to clearing and burning in recent decades, and the species is now regarded as endangered in Victoria.

Source: Foreman, D.B. (1996). Isopogon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Isopogon
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Isopogon prostratus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Isopogon prostratus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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New South Wales