Discaria pubescens (Brogn.) Druce

Australian Anchor Plant

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 620 (1917)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Rigid, spreading shrub to c. 1 m high and wide; stems glabrous. Leaves soon deciduous, c. oblong, to 10 mm long, 3 mm wide, obtuse or minutely mucronate within an apical notch, margins minutely toothed, surfaces glabrous or a few hairs present near tip; stipules dark reddish-brown, c. 1 mm long, often shallowly joined around the node, pubescent on inner face; spines stout, 1.5–4 cm long. Flowers white, solitary or in few-flowered axillary cymes, sometimes congested on short apical shoots; pedicels 2–3 mm long; hypanthium c. 1.5 mm long; sepals somewhat spreading, 1–1.5 mm long; petals attached at throat of hypanthium, c. 1 mm long; stamens subequal to and weakly hooded by petals; disc prominent, lining base of hypanthium, obscurely 5-angled; style minute. Capsule prominently 3-lobed, 4–5 mm diam., the valves separating incompletely at maturity and splitting dorsally and medially. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, EGU, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW, ACT. Now extremely rare west of Melbourne (Ballarat district only) and possibly extinct in the north-east (formerly known from Mansfield, Wodonga and Mitta Mitta areas), scattered and uncommon in the east (Snowy Range, Benambra district, Wulgulmerang, Cobberas area, Bendock), usually associated with basaltic substrate near streams, in cool, elevated areas.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Discaria. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Discaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Discaria pubescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Discaria pubescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory