Acrothamnus montanus (R.Br.) Quinn

Australian Systematic Botany 18: 452 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect shrub, to c. 50 cm high, vegetatively resembling Acrothamnus hookeri but leaves flat to slightly concave toward apex, rarely slightly convex toward base. Flowers as A. hookeri, but bracteoles 1–1.6 mm long; sepals 1.5–1.9 mm long; corolla 2.5–3.5 mm long, lobes subequal to tube, glabrous, or sometimes papillose on inner face, style 0.5–0.6 mm long. Fruit ± spherical, c. 3–4 mm diam., red when ripe. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

HNF, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Confined to high-alpine areas on and near the Bogong High Plains (Mts Bogong, Nelse, Jim, Hotham, Loch etc.) but there locally common, and sometimes forming near-pure stands.

Old, fragmentary specimens, purportedly from Mts Buffalo and Wellington, are apparently referable to Acrothamnus montanus, but no contemporary specimens confirm its existence at those sites. Similarly, literature records from Mt Cobberas have not been able to be confirmed by specimens.

Source: Powell, J.M.; Walsh, N.G.; Brown, E.A. (1996). Leucopogon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Leucopogon montanus (R.Br.) J.H.Willis).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Acrothamnus
Higher taxa


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

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New South Wales