Leucopogon, from the Greek 'leukoni', meaning white and 'pogon', meaning beard, alluding to the white-bearded corolla lobes. Cordifolius, from the Latin 'cordis', meaning heart and 'folium', meaning a leaf, referring to the heart-shaped leaves.
Distribution and status
Found on the Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Mount Lofty Ranges, Murraylands and the upper South-east in South Australia, growing in heathlands and heath-mallee woodlands on sand over granite or limestone. Also found in Western Australia and Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia. Common in Victoria.
Herbarium regions: Gairdner-Torrens, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Erect shrub to 150 cm high; branchlets pubescent. Leaves spreading and recurved, heart-shaped, to 7 mm long and 8 mm wide; flat to slightly convex, margins entire to minutely serrate. Inflorescence in axillary spikes to 3.5 mm long, with 1-3 white tubular, densely-bearded flowers. Flowering possibly throughout the year. Fruits are ovoid fleshy fruit to 5.6 mm long and 4.3 mm wide; smooth. Seed embryo type is linear, under-developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between July and November. Collect berries that are white with a hard seed. Place the berries in a bucket of water and leave to soak over night. Rub the flesh off by hand. Drain and wash again if required to remove all the fleshy parts. Then spread the wet seeds onto paper towels and leave to dry. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place. This species has morpho-physiological dormancy and is difficult to germinate.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|1,100 (37 g)|
1,100 (37 g)