Hidden Beard Heath (Leucopogon obtectus) Interim Recovery Plan 2006-2011. Interim Recovery Plan No. 227
Department of Environment and Conservation, Perth, Western Australia
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Leucopogon obtectus is an erect, open shrub growing to about 1.5 m tall with a few long, erect branches that are completely covered by the foliage. The stalkless, concave, rigid leaves are about 1 cm long and 1 cm wide and have fine lines. They are also a pale bluish-green colour, broadly heart-shaped (to ovate or orbicular), end in a small sharp point, and overlap along the stems. Flowers are creamy-yellow, very small, borne 2 or 3 together on very short peduncles arising singly from the lead axils and not projecting beyond the leaves. Each flower has 6 petals, united to form a tube towards the base. Five of the petal lobes spread outwards to show the dense hairs on the inner surface. Five stamens alternate with the petals. Smooth green egg-shaped fruits hold a single seed (Brown et. al, 1998 and Leigh et. al, 1984).
The generic name Leucopogon is derived from the Greek leucos (white) and pogon (beard) and refers to the white bearded corolla lobes found on all species. The species name obtectus, is derived from the Latin obtego (to cover, conceal, protect), referring to the complete covering of the branches by the overlapping leaves (Leigh et. al, 1984)