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Leucopogon microphyllus (Cav.) R.Br.
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
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.

Photo D. Hardin


Flowering: throughout year, mainly August–October

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.
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept:

 Key to the varieties 
1Leaves, bracteoles and sepals glabrous; corolla lobes just longer than the tube, often erectvar. 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 recurvedvar. pilibundus

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***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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