Asperula scoparia subsp. scoparia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent or ascending perennial, often loosely mat-forming; stems slender, to 15 cm long, densely pubescent with short straight hairs. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, in whorls of 6, linear, mostly 3–9 mm long and to 1 mm wide, narrowly acute and pungent-pointed, surfaces sparsely scabrous, margins flat to recurved. Inflorescences terminal or upper-axillary cymes, mostly 3–5-flowered, usually shorter than leaves. Corolla 4–5 mm long on male flowers, c. 3 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube slightly longer than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps subglobose, 1–2 mm diam., rugose, blackish-brown. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Widespread and often locally common throughout much of Victoria. Often c. erect on exposed or rocky sites and scrambling in moister, shaded sites.

Specimens with characteristics of both A. scoparia and A. conferta may be the result of hybridization.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Asperula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asperula scoparia subsp. scoparia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula scoparia subsp. scoparia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges 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