Leucopogon microphyllus var. pilibundus (A.Cunn. ex DC.) Benth.

Hairy Beard-heath

Fl. Austral. 4: 193 (1868) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to c. 1 m. high; branchlets hispid. Leaves not widely spreading, narrowly elliptic to c. oblong, 2–6 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, convex, concolorous, upper surface and margins hispid with scattered hairs of different lengths, lower surface papillose between nerves, otherwise glabrous or sparsely hispid; apex bluntish, slightly recurved. Flowers white, crowded, (1–)2–5 in spikes 3-7 mm long in upper axils; bracteoles ovate, 1–1.5 mm long, acute, minutely hispid; sepals narrowly ovate, 2.2–3 mm long, acute, dark-tipped, minutely hispid; corolla c. 2–3 mm long, lobes 1.2–2 times longer than tube, acute, spreading or recurved, densely bearded within; anthers with short sterile tips; ovary 2–3-locular, glabrous, style 0.3–0.5 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 1.5–2.2. mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, EGL, EGU, HNF, MonT, NIS. Occasional in elevated, dryish and often rocky sites supporting open-forest and woodland communities. Disjunctly distributed, from the Lerderderg Gorge area, and north and east from near Buchan.

A variant from rocky bluffs north of Combienbar approaches var. microphyllus (of New South Wales and Queensland) in having almost glabrous leaves, bracteoles and sepals.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leucopogon microphyllus var. pilibundus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leucopogon microphyllus var. pilibundus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory