Styphelia ericoides Sm.

Pink Beard-heath

Spec. Bot. New Holland 4: 48 (1795)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Variable, slender shrub, 30–200 cm high; branchlets shortly pilose to hispid. Leaves spreading to suberect, oblong to elliptic, 3–15 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, convex, concolorous, glabrous, scabrous or hispid above and/or below; margins entire, often strongly recurved; apex obtuse or acute, with mucro to c. 1 mm long. Flowers white or pale pink (pink in bud), 2–8 (usually c. 3) in axillary spikes 3–9 mm long; bracteoles ovate, 1–1.5 mm long, obtuse, keeled, glabrous to hispidulous; sepals ovate, 1.4–2.1 mm long, acute, glabrous (rarely pubescent); corolla 3–5.5 mm long, lobes slightly shorter to slightly longer than tube, acute, spreading, densely bearded within; anthers lacking sterile tips; ovary pubescent, 5-locular, style 0.7–1.5 mm long, ± level with summit of corolla tube. Fruit obovoid, often asymmetric, ridged, 2.5–5.5 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, OtP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. A common component of heaths and heathy woodlands on sandy or rocky ground in southern Victoria, occasionally occurring in damp forest on loamy soils (e.g. Kinglake, Gembrook). Rather uncommon north of the Dividing Range (e.g. Heathcote, Mansfield-Benalla, Mt Burrowa-Pine Mountain area).

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 (as Leucopogon ericoides (Sm.) R.Br.).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-07-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Styphelia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Styphelia ericoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Styphelia ericoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native