Fl. Austral. 5: 396 (1870) APNI
Erect to decumbent shrub to 1.5 m high; young branches moderately to densely hairy. Leaves alternate or opposite, lanceolate, narrowly elliptic to elliptic or ovate, 3–12 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, flat, mucronate, strongly discolorous, smooth, sparsely hairy when young, glabrescent when mature; margins recurved; apex acute or obtuse. Inflorescence an axillary or apparently terminal raceme (flowering axis c. 3–8 mm long), terminated by a dormant bud; flowers subtended by scale leaves; pedicels 1–2 mm long, erect, densely hairy. Tepals 12–14 mm long, apiculate, densely hairy, terminal spine to c. 1 mm long; anthers white; ovary glabrous. Drupe ovoid, to c. 18 mm long, c. 14 mm wide, initially green becoming purplish. Flowers Nov.–Feb.
EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW. Locally common in montane and sub-alpine forests east of the Baw Baw Plateau, extending to near-coastal areas of East Gippsland.
Unusually robust plants to c. 3 m high have been observed above the Snowy River north-east of Buchan. Possible hybrids with P. silvatica and P. chamaepeuce have been observed near Genoa and the Moroka River Gorge respectively.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|