Tasmannia lanceolata (Poir.) Baill.

Mountain Pepper

Hist. Pl. 1: 159 (1868) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub, often c. pyramidal, 1.5–4 m high, usually single-stemmed; stems smooth, or minutely roughened along ridges, reddish when young. Leaves lanceolate, 4–12 cm long, 8–35 mm wide, shining grass-green above, pale green (sometimes glaucous) below, midrib and veins prominent; apex acute to subacute; margins flat; petiole 3–6 mm long. Flowers 3–8 per inflorescence; 1 flower per bract; pedicels to 20 mm long. Male flowers with up to 18 stamens, sterile carpels 1 (rarely 0 or 2). Female flowers with 3–5(–9) petals, 6–10 mm long; carpels 1 (rarely 2 fused), grooved, with 10–18 ovules per carpel. Fruits 1(–2) per pedicel, globose and deeply furrowed, 5.5–9 mm diam., deep maroon to glossy-black when mature; pedicels to 25 mm long; seeds 4–13 per berry. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread in mountainous areas at altitudes of 300–1400 m, usually in wet tall open-forest or rainforest but sometimes in drier forests.

Source: Raleigh, R.E.; Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Winteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-12-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Magnolianae
order Canellales
family Winteraceae
genus Tasmannia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tasmannia lanceolata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tasmannia lanceolata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges 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