Poranthera oreophila Halford & R.J.F.Hend.

Austrobaileya 7: 20 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Compact perennial herb to c. 15 cm high, glabrous; stems dying down to rootstock annually, often somewhat glaucous. Leaves opposite; petioles to 0.5 mm long; lamina narrow-ovate to narrow-obovate, 4–7 mm long, 1.8–4 mm wide, acute to obtuse, margins flat or recurved; petiole 0.2–0.5 mm long; stipules entire, membranous, to c. 1 mm long. Inflorescences compact racemes, c. 3–8 mm across at anthesis; rachis barely elongating post-anthesis; bracts ovate-lanceolate, to c. 1 mm long. Sepals usually 5, obovate, c. 1 mm long, white. Petals 5, oblanceolate, c. 0.5 mm long, white. Male flowers with 5 stamens, filaments free; female flowers with 3 deeply 2-partite styles, pedicels of female flowers elongating to c. 7 mm in fruit. Capsule 1.7–2.2 mm diam., 3-lobed; seeds wedge-shaped, 0.9–1 mm long, smooth, pale brown or white. Flowers mostly Dec.–Feb.

GGr, HNF, SnM, VAlp. Confined to higher mountains of the state (Bogong High Plains, Nunniong Plain, Cobberas), occurring in grassland and snow gum woodland above c. 1400 m altitude.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-08-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
genus Poranthera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Poranthera oreophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Poranthera oreophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory