Australian Systematic Botany 18: 452 (2005) APNI
Erect to spreading shrub 1–3 m high; branchlets pubescent to villous. Leaves usually ± horizontally spreading, ovate or almost triangular, sometimes shallowly cordate at base, 4–8 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, virtually flat, surfaces glossy, glabrous, the lower slightly paler, with 3 longitudinal veins, the outer branched to the margin; margins entire or minutely ciliate towards apex; apex broadly acute or obtuse, straight. Flowers white, 2–5 in terminal or upper-axillary spikes 3–10 mm long; bracteoles ovate, 1.2–1.8 mm long, obtuse, glabrous; sepals ovate-oblong, 2–2.5 mm long, obtuse, glabrous; corolla c. 4 mm long, lobes c. three-quarters as long as tube, acute, spreading to recurved, shortly bearded within; anthers without sterile tips; ovary 5-locular, glabrous, style c. 1.2 mm long. Fruit depressed-globose, c. 5 mm diam., bright red when ripe and often prolific.
EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Locally common in moist subalpine forests usually between 900 and 1200 m altitude (Baw Baws, Nunniong and Errinundra Plateaus) with a few occurrences near the treeline (Bogong High Plains and Mt Hotham). A 1903 collection purportedly from Mt Buffalo is of dubious origin, the species not having been reliably recorded from that mountain before or since.
Specimens from the Bogong High Plains and Mt Hotham appear distinctive in having the leaves less conspicuously spreading, and in having smaller floral parts than subalpine populations.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|