Leucopogon virgatus (Labill.) R.Br.

Common Beard-heath

Prodr. 543 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to decumbent shrub, to c. 50 cm high; branchlets glabrous to subvelvety. Leaves erect, narrowly lanceolate to ovate, 2–25 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, narrowly acuminate to acute, concave, dull, glabrous to subvelvety, concolorous, longitudinally 3–7-veined, below, the outer veins usually branched; margins entire to sparsely serrulate. Flowers white (pink in bud), 3–4 in terminal or upper-axillary spikes 4–10 mm long, the spikes often crowded near branch-tips; bracteoles ovate, c. 1 mm long, obtuse, glabrous to minutely ciliate along the thickened midrib; sepals ovate, 2–2.5 mm long, broadly acute or obtuse, glabrous or shortly pubescent toward the apex; corolla 3–3.5 mm long, lobes equal to tube or slightly longer, acute, densely bearded within; anthers with very short, recurved, sterile tips; ovary glabrous, 3–5-locular, style c. 0.2–0.5 mm long. Fruit c. spherical, c. 2 mm diam. 

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim.

Choristemon humilis H.B. Will. is now considered to be a freak variant of L. virgatus. It was collected twice in the 1920s (apparently from the same plant) in the northern Brisbane Ranges. Despite exhaustive searching in virtually unaltered vegetation at the original locality, plants referable to C. humilis have not been relocated. Specimens of C. humilis are identical to L. virgatus except for the staminal filaments being attached at the base of the corolla. Freak forms of other epacrids have been observed with similar abnormal stamen development.

2 variable varieties, both in Victoria. Plants of intermediate appearance occur in the narrow zone where the 2 varieties overlap.

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.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leucopogon virgatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leucopogon virgatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
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