Leucop_NE.JPG (39299 bytes)Leucopogon cicatricatus: is a member of the Epacridaceae family and is a small shrub that may reach a height of one metre.

Collectively Leucopogons are known as Beard-heaths. Leucopogon cicatricatus is known as Apple Beard-heath because the small, bright red, flat-topped fruits resemble very small apples.

Leaves are crowded along the stems, about 20 millimetres long, linear, green above with a fine point.

Pink buds open to small white flowers that are tubular with a bearded interior. Although small the flowers are often profuse. They appear between August and November.

Leucopogon cicatricatus is unknown in cultivation but has horticultural potential. Growth habit, foliage, flowers and fruits are all attractive features.

Leucopogon cicatricatus was only named in 1993. The species occurs in isolated areas in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Apple Beard-heath is usually found on mountain tops and exposed plateaux where it often grows in crevices. The plant illustrated is growing on Wrights Lookout, an exposed plateau in New England National Park, east of Armidale.

We have also observed Apple Beard-heath growing beside a fire trail in Cathedral Rock National Park, near New England National Park.

Propagate from cuttings.