Australian Native Plants

  Leucopogon parviflorus (Coast Beard-heath)


Leucopogon parviflorus photo
Leucopogon parviflorus Palm Beach NSW

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Leucopogon parviflorus photo
Leucopogon parviflorus at Point Lonsdale, Victoria

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Leucopogon parviflorus photo
Leucopogon parviflorus at Point Lonsdale, Victoria

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Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



COAST BEARD-HEATH FACTS

distribution map showing range of Leucopogon parviflorus in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Coast Beard-heath

Description
Coast Beard-heath is an erect shrub to small tree. Finer branches are softly hairy. Its stiff leaves are elliptical to oblanceolate (reversed spear-shaped), 10-30 mm long and 2.5-7.5 mm wide. Leaf margins and apex sometimes recurved. Underside of leaves paler than above.

The white flowers occur in dense spikes and the ends of branches or the axils between stems and leaves. Corolla tube 1.4-1.7 mm long with 2-3 mm long lobes. Tube softly hairy inside near the throat. Fruit is a globular drupe (berry), 4.-5 mm diameter and white.

Habitat
coastal sand dunes and heathland

Distribution
Coast Beard-heath is found in on the coast of south east Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, south east of South Australia, south west of Western Australia, Tasmania. It is also naturalised in New Zealand.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 4
Spread (m): 1 - 3
Soil Texture: sand, loam
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
The fruit is edible and sweet and dispersed by birds.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Ericales
Family:Epacridaceae
Genus:Leucopogon
Species:parviflorus
Common Name:Coast Beard-heath