Seeds of South Australia
Leucopogon cordifolius (Epacridaceae)
Heart-leaf Beard-heath
List of species for Leucopogon
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Seed collecting:
July to November
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
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Tintinara (NCP04)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [Sandy Ck & Cobbler Ck stronghold; limited habitat; threatened by sand mining, habitat destruction]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Definite Decline)   [Old records]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern   [likes sandhills]
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [dry, heathy spp]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern   [likes sandhills]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria Desert
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
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Tintinara (NCP04)Naracoorte Coastal PlainRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Fleurieu (KAN02)KanmantooVulnerable
  (IUCN: VU D2)
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockVulnerable
, Endangered
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
, Endangered
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Vulnerable
3 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Rare
Yellabinna (GVD06)Great Victoria DesertLeast Concern
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Leucopogon]
Name derivation:
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:
Found on the Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Mount Lofty Ranges, Murrayland and the upper South-east in South Australia, growing in heathlands and heathy mallee woodlands on sand over granite or limestone. Also found in Western Australia and Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia. Common in Victoria.
Plant description:
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.
Fruit type:
Ovoid fleshy fruit to 5.6 mm long and 4.3 mm wide, smooth. 
Embryo type:
Linear under-developed.
Seed collecting:
Collect berries that are white with a hard seed.
Seed cleaning:
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.
Seed germination:
This species has morphophysiological dormancy and is difficult to germinate.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
Number
of plants
Date
collected
Collection number
Collection location
Date
stored
% ViabilityStorage
temperature
BGA 
MSB
792 (26.16 g)
1125 (37 g)
>1009-Dec-2004DJD 78
South Eastern
28-Mar-200680%-18°C
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.