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Leucopogon microphyllus var. pilibundus (A.Cunn. ex DC.) Benth.
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Leucopogon microphyllus var. pilibundus (A.Cunn. ex DC.) Benth. APNI*

Description: Leaves with scattered to dense long coarse hairs on both surfaces; bracteoles and sepals with short to long hairs; corolla lobes up to twice the tube length, and spreading to recurved.


Distribution and occurrence: Abundant at higher altitudes; south from Gibraltar Ra. and Torrington.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


Life History
Vegetative spread No.

Longevity 5--20 years (D. Keith pers. comm.).

Primary juvenile period May attain flowering maturity in 4--5 years (Benson 1985).

Flowers White, at any time of year, but mainly July--October.

Fruit/seed Dry fruit with flaky coat attractive to ants, 1--2 embryos per fruit, average weight 0.7 mg (J. Howell pers. comm.), 1.2--1.5 mm long, mainly August--October.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Ant-adapted food body for dispersal (Westoby et al. 1990).

Fire response Killed by high intensity fire, seedlings flowering within 2 years (at Lane Cove River & Narrabeen Lake 1/1994, P. Kubiak pers. comm.). Regrowth from rootstock reported by B. Wiecek at Kenthurst (5/1993). Regenerates from soil-stored seed, seedlings 2 years after fire.

Habitat Ridges and hillsides.

Altitude 0--1200 m                                      Annual rainfall 900--1600 mm

Typical local abundance Frequent.

Vegetation Heath e.g. with Banksia ericifolia, Allocasuarina nana, Allocasuarina distyla and dry sclerophyll forest e.g. Eucalyptus gummifera, E. piperita, E. eximia.

Substrate Sandy soil on sandstone, quartzite, low nutrient.


Life History
Flowers White, August--October.

Fruit/seed Succulent fruit (drupe), 1.2--1.5 mm long.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: fruit.

Habitat Upper slopes, ridges, rocky creek banks.

Altitude 800--1200 m                                      Annual rainfall 800--1000 mm

Typical local abundance Frequent.

Vegetation Open-forest and woodland e.g. with Eucalyptus rossii, E. sparsifolia, E. dives, E. goniocalyx, E. piperita.

Substrate Clayey--sandy soil on conglomerate, sandstones, shales.

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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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