Gonocarpus teucrioides DC.

Germander Raspwort

Prodr. 3: 66 (1828) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect perennial herb, 20–60(–90) cm tall; stems 4-angled, moderately hispid. Leaves opposite, ovate, 0.7–2.2 cm long, 3–13 mm wide, hispid, margins thickened, with 10–12 small teeth, base rounded to cordate; petiole 1–2 mm long; bracts opposite, alternate above, ovate, 2.5–4.5 mm long, entire to serrate, sessile; bracteoles lanceolate, 2–2.5 mm long, entire, green, fleshy. Pedicel 0.5–1 mm long; sepals 0.6–0.7 mm long, margins thickened, basal callus prominent; petals green to reddish, 2.6–3.3 mm long; stamens 8, anthers 1.7–2.5 mm long; ovary ovoid, 1–1.5 mm long, silver-grey, 8-ribbed with 2 or 3 oblique calluses between ribs, glabrous or sparsely scabrous. Fruit c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp, VVP. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. In Victoria apparently confined to east where found mostly in open-forest. There are nineteenth-century collections of this species from the Grampians area and the Dandenong Ranges, as well as a 1913 collection from Ballarat, but these have not been substantiated in recent times.

Distinguished from Gonocarpus humilis by its large green bracteoles that are as long as, or longer than, the fruit.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Haloragaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-02-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Haloragaceae
genus Gonocarpus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gonocarpus teucrioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gonocarpus teucrioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Greater Grampians 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

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory