R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 543 (1810).
Synonymy: Styphelia ericoides Smith, Sp. Bot. New Holl. 4:48 (1795).
Common name: Pink bearded-heath.
Slender shrub, 30-90 cm high; stems often intertwining, brown to grey-brown; leaves sometimes crowded towards the apices, erect to spreading, oblong to elliptic, 2.7-15.5 mm long, 0.7-2.6 mm wide, apex usually obtuse, shortly aristate, base almost obtuse, margin recurved to revolute, entire, glabrous, lamina thick, convex; petiole 0.
Flowers white to pinkish, in axillary (but may appear terminal) solitary or sometimes clustered spikes 3.5-9 mm long, with 3-11 flowers per spike; bracts 0.8-1.5 x 0.6-0.9 mm, obtuse; bracteoles 0.95-1.5 x 0.7-0.95 mm, almost obtuse; sepals often triangular, 1.5-2.1 x 0.4-1 mm, acute to broadly acute; corolla tube cylindrical, 1.5-2 mm long, upper 0.4-1 mm puberulent inside, lobes 1.4-2 x 0.4-0.65 mm, acute, spreading to recurved, densely bearded inside; anthers 1-1.4 mm long, lacking a sterile tip; ovary ovoid, 0.7-1 x0.5-0.6 mm, sparsely hairy, 5-celled; style 0.7-1.3 mm long, just exserted from the corolla tube; nectary connate but separating into scales, 0.4x 0.2-0.3 mm, the upper margin rounded.
Fruit often curved, exceeding the calyx, obovoid, 3.3-5.7 x 2.2-2.9 mm, ridged, sparsely hairy, with the apex usually flat.
Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 51 as Styphelia ericoides.
Occurs in dry sclerophyll forest or sometimes in heathlands on sandy loams or on white sand.
S.Aust.: MU, SE. Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.; fruit: Oct. — Dec.
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