Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 33 t. 45 (1805) APNI
Erect to spreading shrub to c. 2 m high; young branches sparsely to densely hairy. Leaves alternate, linear, 8–30 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide, straight, rigid, pungent-pointed, concave above, spreading widely, bright green, smooth, glabrous to densely hairy when young, glabrescent when mature. Flowers solitary, mostly in leaf-axils; pedicels 1–3 mm long, erect or spreading, usually hairy. Tepals 7–11 mm long, apiculate to caudate, terminal spine to c. 1 mm long; anthers yellow; ovary glabrous. Drupe ovoid, to c. 10 mm long, c. 8 mm wide, yellow-green to purplish. Flowers mostly Dec.–Feb.
Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread across southern Victoria and often locally common in heathlands and heathy woodlands. A disjunct collection from near Harrietville in the Eastern Highlands requires verification.
Plants from the Grampians that are woolly and have narrowly oblanceolate leaves to c. 4 mm wide, previously referred to P. juniperina var. sericea, are most likely hybrids between P. juniperina and P. rigida.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|