Lissanthe strigosa subsp. subulata (R.Br.) J.M.Powell

Peach Heath

Telopea 5: 741 (1994) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Much-branched prickly and suckering shrub 10–100 cm high; branchlets puberulent. Leaves ascending or spreading, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 6–17 mm long, 0.7–2.0 mm wide, mucronate, upper surface glabrous to puberulent, lower surface whitish between the raised veins; margins smooth, slightly recurved. Flowers strongly scented, in short 2–9-flowered racemes; bracts, bracteoles and sepals ovate to ovate-orbicular, obtuse; bracts 0.5–1 mm long; bracteoles 0.7–1.4 mm long, inserted at base of the pedicel; sepals pinkish, 1.0–1.6 mm long, puberulent at base; corolla white to pink; tube cylindric to slightly urceolate, 2.5–6 mm long; lobes papillate or sparsely pilose, 1–1.6 mm long; ovary 5–7-locular, style 1.5–3.1 mm long. Fruit depressed-globose, 2.5–3.5 mm long, puberulent.  Flowers Aug.–Nov.(–Jan.).

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Most occurrences are in dry sclerophyll forest and dry woodland, with many of the populations from the Snowy River rain-shadow area having corollas at the smaller end of the range. A low, clonal variant occurs in seasonally wet woodlands and open-forests and is sometimes sympatric with the more widespread form in western localities (e.g. Grampians).

A variable species in habit and corolla size. Further study is required to determine whether the low variant warrants recognition.

Lissanthe strigosa subsp. subulata differs from subsp. strigosa (restricted to central and northern New South Wales) in having longer (6.1–17 mm), broader (0.7–2.2 mm) and sparser leaves with a longer mucro.

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.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lissanthe strigosa subsp. subulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lissanthe strigosa subsp. subulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory