Gaultheria appressa A.W.Hill


J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 49: 622 (1935) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub to c. 1.6 m high. Young stems with coarse, appressed or semi-appressed hairs, often overlaying very short, fine, curled hairs. Leaves elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 3–9 cm long, 12–25 mm wide, upper surface glossy dark green, glabrous with impressed venation, lower surface paler with scattered coarse appressed to spreading hairs on the major veins; margins shallowly and evenly serrate. Flowers rather crowded in racemes to c. 4 cm long; bracts broad-ovate, 2–3 mm long, fimbriate; bracteoles resembling bracts; sepals ovate, acute, 2.5–3.5 mm long at anthesis, shortly united at base; corolla urceolate, 4–5 mm long, with bluntish recurved lobes c. 1.5 mm long, white to pale pink. Fruiting sepals 6–8 mm long or more, fleshy and largely fused, forming a berry-like structure 8–10 mm diam., enclosing the dry capsule c. 4 mm diam.; seeds numerous, irregularly shaped, c. 0.7 mm long, pale brown. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Scattered but locally common in tall, well-watered forests, subalpine scrubs and woodlands of the eastern ranges from about Healesville to the New South Wales border, often in rocky terrain and on road cuttings etc.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ericaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-03-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Gaultheria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gaultheria appressa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gaultheria appressa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales