Leptecophylla oxycedrus (Labill.) Jarman

Crimson Berry

Swainsona 31: 1 (2017)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Densely branched shrub to 3(–5) m high; branchlets puberulent. Leaves spreading or reflexed, narrowly lanceolate, 6–16 mm long, 1–1.7 mm wide, mucronate, glabrous and glossy above, glaucous beneath, veins unbranched; margins slightly recurved, smooth to serrulate. Flowers unisexual, solitary or in short spikes, axillary and/or terminal; bracts and bracteoles ovate, collectively c. 8–12, obtuse; sepals ovate-elliptic, 1.8–3 mm long, obtuse; corolla white; tube cylindric-urceolate, 2.2–2.8 mm long in female flowers, 2.6–4.4 mm long in males, sparsely hairy about throat; lobes with acute recurved tips, 1–2 mm long; anthers usually partly exserted from corolla tube; ovary 5–6-locular, style c. 1–1.5 mm long. Fruit spherical, c. 8–9 mm diam., pale to deep pink. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

GipP, WPro. Also Tas. In Victoria it is restricted to coastal granitic areas of Wilsons Promontory, Corner Inlet and Cape Woolamai (Phillip Is.), where it occurs in coastal shrubland or open-forest.

Leptecophylla oxycedrus was previously treated as Leptecophylla juniperina subsp. oxycedrus. Jarman & Kantvilas (2017) re-instated Leptecophylla oxycedrus to specific rank. Leptecophylla juniperina is now considered as being a New Zealand endemic.

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 (as Cyathodes juniperina (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Druce).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-16

Jarman, S.J. & Kantvilas, G. (2017). Leptecophylla in Tasmania: a reassessment of four species, Swainsona 31: 1-16.

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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, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptecophylla oxycedrus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptecophylla oxycedrus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native