Acrothamnus maccraei (F.Muell.) Quinn

Australian Systematic Botany 18: 452 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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. Also NSW. 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.

Source: Powell, J.M.; Walsh, N.G.; Brown, E.A. (1996). Leucopogon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Leucopogon maccraei F.Muell.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Acrothamnus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acrothamnus maccraei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrothamnus maccraei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands 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
Australian Capital Territory