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Leucopogon margarodes R.Br.
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Leucopogon margarodes R.Br. APNI*

Description: Erect, spreading shrub to 3 m high; branchlets bristly.

Leaves obovate, sometimes ± oblong, 6.1–11.2 mm long, 1.2–2.5 mm wide; margins recurved and finely toothed; lamina ± concolorous, bristly, thin, lower surface convex and striate- to parallel-veined; petiole c. 0.4 mm long.

Flowers erect, axillary, sparse, 1 or 2 plus rudiment, white; bracteoles 1.0–1.3 mm long. Sepals 1.5–1.9 mm long. Corolla tube 1.15–1.3 mm long, glabrous; lobes longer than tube, 1.3–2.5 mm long, internally upper half villous, lower half shaggy, sometimes sparsely hairy externally.

Fruit obovoid, 3–4 mm long, compressed, surface ribbed, glabrous or sparsely bristly, green with a white fleshy base.


Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: September–February

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal heath and dry sclerophyll forest and woodland on sandy soil; from Lennox Head south to Wondabyne.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

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


ECOLOGY

Life History
Vegetative spread No.

Flowers February--June.

Fruit/seed Fruit (drupe), 3--4 mm long, green with a white fleshy base.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: fruit.


Habitat
Habitat Swamp margins.

Altitude 0--100 m                                      Annual rainfall above 1200 mm

Typical local abundance Occasional.

Vegetation Coastal heath, dry eucalypt forest e.g. with Eucalyptus robusta, Banksia collina.

Substrate Sandy soil, low nutrients.


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