Asperula gunnii Hook.f.

Mountain Woodruff

London J. Bot. 6: 463 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent or ascending perennial; stems slender, to 20 cm long, scabrous with short recurved hairs. Leaves and stipules subsessile or with a short obscure petiole, c. equal, mostly in whorls of (4–)5–6, obovate, oblanceolate or elliptic, mostly 4–8 mm long and 1–3 mm wide, acute or obtuse, often with a terminal point, surfaces almost glabrous, margins recurved. Inflorescences terminal or axillary cymes, mostly 2- or 3-flowered, shorter or slightly longer than leaves. Corolla c. 3 mm long on male flowers, c. 2 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube slightly longer than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps subglobose, 1–2 mm diam., glabrous, black. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Found mostly in high-altitude woodland or grassland, usually in moist sites.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Rubiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Asperula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asperula gunnii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula gunnii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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
Strzelecki Ranges 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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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory