Acrotriche affinis DC.

Ridged Ground-berry

Prodr. 7: 757 (1839) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Much-branched shrub to c. 30(–60) cm high; branchlets puberulent. Leaves spreading or reflexed, broadly lanceolate, 3–11 mm long, 1.3–2.5 mm wide, mucronate, flat to convex, glabrous, or scabrous above towards base, lower surface paler with 5–9 broad unbranched subparallel veins separated by narrow, deep grooves; margins plane to slightly recurved, smooth to scabrous-ciliolate. Flowers in 4–10-flowered spikes, on previous season's or older wood; spike c. 2–7 mm long; bracteoles 1–1.6 mm long; sepals 1.6–2.5 mm long; corolla sometimes maroon-tinged; tube 2–4 mm long, inflated about the middle; lobes green, 1.5–2 mm long; ovary 4–6-locular, densely and minutely white-papillose, style 0.7–1.3 mm long. Fruit globose, c. 3–4 mm long, white, indumentum persisting. Flowers Jun.–Oct.

Brid, CVU, GipP, Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, OtP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Disjunctly distributed in Victoria-in calcareous, near coastal areas west of Wilsons Promontory and on sand plains and between dunes of the Big Desert, occurring in a range of communities including coastal scrub, woodland, mallee shrubland or heathland.

Acrotriche affinis closely resembles A. serrulata. In addition to the features used in the key, A. affinis tends to have broader, more glossy leaves, glabrous sepals, white fruit and occurs in different habitats.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Acrotriche
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acrotriche affinis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrotriche affinis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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South Australia