Leucopogon microphyllus (Cav.) R.Br. APNI*
Description: Bushy or spreading shrub up to 100 cm high; branchlets finely hispid.
Leaves ovate to obovate, 2.2–7.3 mm long, 1.4–2.5 mm wide; margins entire and with long coarse hairs often irregularly spaced; lamina glabrous or finely hispid, concolorous, upper surface usually convex, lower surface with ± parallel veins; petiole to 0.5 mm long.
Flowers erect, mostly 4–9 plus rudiment together in compact spikes 5–11 mm long, white; bracteoles 1.35–1.8 mm long. Sepals 2.3–2.7 mm long, dark-tipped. Corolla tube 1.1–1.85 mm long, pubescent at throat; lobes 1.5–2.6 mm long.
Fruit ± oblong 1.2–1.5 mm long, slightly ridged, glabrous.
Flowering: throughout year, mainly Aug.–Oct.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in heath, scrub and dry sclerophyll forest on sandy or rocky soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Leaves, bracteoles and sepals glabrous; corolla lobes just longer than the tube, often erect||var. microphyllus|
|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||var. pilibundus|
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