Common name: Thready Beard-heath
Leucopogon pilifer Wakef. APNI*
Description: Dwarf, diffuse, often mat-forming shrub, branches 2–10 cm long; branchlets silky.
Leaves usually oblong or narrow-elliptic, 3.1–7.3 mm long, 0.7–1.3 mm wide; margins with long silky hairs at least towards apex; lamina glabrous, concolorous, ± flat, with 3–5 ± parallel veins on lower surface; petiole to 0.5 mm.
Flowers erect, 4–7, plus rudiment together in spikes 3–6 mm long, white bracteoles 0.9–1 mm long. Sepals 1.4–1.6 mm long. Corolla tube 0.9–1.2 mm long, pubescent inside near throat; lobes c. 1 mm long.
Fruit oblong, 1.5–2 mm long, slightly ridged, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and shrubland in peaty soils, at higher altitudes in the Barrington Tops district.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
Fruit/seed Fleshy fruit 2 mm long.
Altitude 800--1200 m
Annual rainfall 900--1000 mm
Vegetation Shrubswamp e.g. with Empodisma minus, Restio australis.
Substrate Peaty soils, low nutrients, permanently moist.
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