Leucopogon pilifer N.A.Wakef.

Thready Beard-heath

Victorian Naturalist 73: 58 (1956) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Procumbent shrub with branches to c. 30 cm long; branchlets pubescent, soon becoming glabrous. Leaves erect to weakly reflexed, oblong to lanceolate, 3–7 mm long, 0.7–1.3 mm wide, slightly convex, ± concolorous, surfaces glabrous, lower surface indistinctly 3–5-veined, margins long-ciliate (becoming glabrous with age); apex acute, straight. Flowers white, crowded, 4–9 in terminal or upper-axillary spikes 3–6 mm long; bracteoles ovate, 0.9–1.2 mm long, acute, glabrous; sepals ovate, c. 1.5 mm long, acute, glabrous; corolla c. 2 mm long, lobes nearly twice as long as tube, acute, spreading, densely bearded within; anthers with very short sterile tips; ovary 3-locular, glabrous, style c. 0.2 mm long. Fruit ellipsoid, 1.5–2 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

EGU, HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Confined to moist to boggy, grassland and heath-land sites in the higher eastern ranges (e.g. Nunniong Plateau, Buckety Plain, ranges southeast of Omeo), but locally rather common, and apparently not occurring above treeline.

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, 2019-09-06
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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 pilifer in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leucopogon pilifer in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales