Stackhousia pulvinaris F.Muell.

Alpine Stackhousia

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 101 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Glabrous, mat-like perennial to 3 cm high, c. 20 cm diam. (sometimes in groups to 3 m diam.), with many short intricate branches. Leaves linear-obovate, 4–11 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, obtuse, thickish, usually yellow-green. Flowers solitary, subsessile in uppermost leaf axil, fragrant; bracts and bracteoles minute. Hypanthium 0.5–0.9 mm long; sepals 0.7–1.2 mm long, entire, obtuse; corolla white to pale yellow, tube 3.3–5.6 mm long, lobes 2.5–3.8 mm long, obtuse to broadly acute; gynoecium 3-partite. Mericarps 1–3, broadly obovoid, c. 2.5 mm long, reticulate-rugose to nearly smooth, glabrous; basal cavity small, shallow. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

HNF, VAlp, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Occurs in alpine herbfields and subalpine grasslands, often in small depressions that are inundated following snow-melt.

A single historical record of this species from Mt. LaTrobe (Wilsons Promontory) is likely to have been mislabelled.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Stackhousiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Celastrales
family Celastraceae
genus Stackhousia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stackhousia pulvinaris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stackhousia pulvinaris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales