Leptomeria aphylla R.Br.

Leafless Currant-bush

Prodr. 354 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, often rounded, divaricately-branched shrub 0.5–3 m high. Stems rigid, terete, occasionally glaucous; smooth, wrinkled to slightly striate, pungent. Inflorescence a raceme (very rarely c. corymbose), rachis 1–12 mm long, often glaucous. Flowers 10–25, floral tube often glaucous; tepals 0.5–0.8 mm long, apex incurved and hooded, slightly thickened adaxially, usually with a small tuft of minute hairs on the adaxial surface at or just above the point of filament insertion (sometimes obscured by stamens), reddish, maroon or purplish, drying dark; disc lobed, 0.6–0.7 mm diam. Drupe ellipsoid to oblong-ellipsoid, 5–8 mm long, epicarp fleshy, green, ripening maroon, purplish or brownish-red, often glaucous. Flowers mainly Dec.–Mar.

DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Occurs in open-forest, woodland, mallee and heath communities, but also in subalpine eucalypt woodland in the Grampians.

Source: Lepschi, B.J. (1999). Leptomeria. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Santalaceae
genus Leptomeria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptomeria aphylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptomeria aphylla 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
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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South Australia