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

Description: Erect to spreading shrub, 0.3–1.5 m high; branchlets scabrous.

Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, 7–10 mm long, 1.4–2.1 mm wide; margins entire or minutely toothed towards apex; lamina usually glabrous, flat to convex on upper surface, lower surface finely striate-veined; petiole absent.

Flowers spreading to pendent, 1 or 2 plus rudiment, in 10–16 mm long spikes, white; peduncles 4–9.5 mm long; bracteoles 1.1–1.5 mm long. Sepals 2.7–4.2 mm long. Corolla tube 2.3–3 mm long, internally sparsely hairy over upper half; lobes 2.6–4 mm long.

Fruit ellipsoid, c. 4.2 mm long, dry, glabrous, yellow to green.


Flowering: July–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and also occasionally in mallee heath and wetter areas on sandstone, widespread, from Sydney district to Baerami (upper Hunter Valley).
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, CWS
AVH map***

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


Life History
Flowers White, pendent, July--October, peak August--September.

Fruit/seed Succulent fruit (drupe), 4.2 mm long, yellow--green at maturity, October--December.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: fruit, adapted for ant-dispersal (Rice & Westoby 1981)

Fire response Killed by high intensity fire, no seedlings seen (at Lane Cove River & Narrabeen Lake 1/1994, P. Kubiak pers. comm.).

Habitat Shrubby woodland on sandstone.

Altitude 0--1200 m                                      Annual rainfall above 900 mm

Typical local abundance Frequent--occasional.

Vegetation Shrubby woodland and forest e.g with Eucalyptus gummifera, E. eximia, E. piperita, Angophora costata.

Substrate Sandy loam or shallow peaty soil, sandstone, low nutrient soils.

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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