Styphelia rufa (Lindl.) F.Muell.

Spoon-leaf Beard-heath

Fragm. 6: 46 (1867)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub, usually 30–60 cm high; branchlets glabrous to finely pubescent. Leaves erect to spreading, ovate, 6–12(–25)mm long, 2–5 mm wide, concave to rarely flat, somewhat discolorous, paler below, glabrous to pubescent; margins entire to minutely toothed; apex aristate. Flowers white, soon reddening on drying, 2–5 in axillary spikes 6–9 mm long; bracteoles ovate to almost orbicular, 1.4–2.0 mm long, broadly acute, glabrous to sparsely pubescent; sepals narrowly ovate, 3.1–4.6 mm long, apex acute, glabrous or with scattered hairs; corolla 5.3–6.6 mm long, lobes shorter than the tube, acute, densely bearded within; anthers lacking sterile tips; ovary 2- or 3-locular, glabrous, style 2.1–4.2 mm long, hairy. Fruit ovoid, c. 6 mm long, with paler ring-like rim at apex, part of style frequently persisting for some time. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, NIS, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Occurring mainly in heathland on sandy soils in the mallee regions with scattered disjunct occurrences across northern and north-eastern Victoria where chiefly a species of shallow, rocky soils in dry woodland.

Grampians specimens tend to have larger, more pubescent leaves and frequently the sepals and external surface of the corolla lobes are sparsely hairy.

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 rufus Lindl.).
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 rufa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Styphelia rufa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native