Einadia nutans (R.Br.) A.J.Scott

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, sprawling or semi-scandent perennial, with branches to c. 80 cm long. Leaves opposite or alternate, petiolate, acute, oblong, ovate or triangular, usually hastate at base, c. 5–25 mm long, 1.5–20 mm wide, variably mealy when young, becoming sub-glabrous with age or remaining mealy on underside. Panicle slender, little branched, usually to c. 10 cm long; perianth c. 1 mm diam., tepals sparsely mealy; stamens 0–2. Fruit berry-like, 1-seeded; pericarp succulent, yellow, pink or red at maturity, to c. 5 mm diam; fruiting perianth enlarging and often reddening in fruit, tepals widely spreading. Seed shining-black, 1–1.5 mm diam., testa patterned with minute radial grooves and equatorial areoles.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Widespread almost throughout the state, particularly in relatively dry woodlands.

A highly polymorphic species with 4 subspecies, 2 in Victoria. Considerable variation is exhibited within subspecies and some apparently intermediate specimens may not readily be ascribed to either of the 2 subspecies described here.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-07
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-19
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Einadia nutans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Einadia nutans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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Otway Plain present native
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