Omphacomeria acerba (R.Br.) A.DC.

Leafless Sour-bush

Prodr. 14: 681 (1857) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Wiry broom-like shrub to c. 1.5 m high, glabrous; branches terete, divaricate, striate, resinous, lustrous. Leaves minute, scale-like, the bases persisting as scars. Male flowers to c. 7 in spikes 3–4 mm long; tepals cordate, c. 0.7 mm long, obtuse, slightly thickened near apex, yellowish; stamens c. 0.2 mm long; style obsolete. Female flowers usually solitary, rarely 2–4 together; receptacle c. 1 mm long; tepals triangular, c. 0.7 mm long, obtuse, yellowish, persistent; staminodes c. 0.2 mm long. Drupe globose to ovoid, 6–8(–12) mm long, often streaked purplish, fleshy, edible but sour. Flowers mostly Aug.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also WA, NSW, ACT. In Victoria confined to the north-east and east where occasional in dry, scrubby montane forests and woodlands, rarely near the coast, often in rocky soil.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Omphacomeria. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Santalaceae
genus Omphacomeria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Omphacomeria acerba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Omphacomeria acerba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
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

Distribution map
Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory