Acrothamnus hookeri (Sond.) Quinn

Australian Systematic Botany 18: 452 (2005) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub, to c. 1(–3) m high; branchlets minutely hispid. Leaves suberect or spreading, oblong to elliptic, 4–10 mm long, 1–2.5(–4) mm wide, usually convex, discolorous, upper surface glabrous, rarely scabrous, lower surface glaucous, papillose between nerves, sometimes irregularly pilose, longitudinally 3-nerved, the outer 2 with short diverging branches, margins entire or minutely scabrous-ciliate near the obtuse apex. Flowers usually unisexual, white, ± crowded, 3–10 in terminal or upper-axillary spikes 4–10 mm long; bracteoles broadly ovate, 1.2–1.7 mm long, obtuse, glabrous or minutely hispid; sepals resembling bracteoles but larger, 1.7–2.6 mm long; corolla 3–4.5 mm long (males slightly larger than females), lobes subequal to tube (or only c. half as long in non-alpine forms), acute, spreading to recurved, pilose to densely bearded within; anthers without sterile tips, partly exserted (male flowers), or rudimentary (female flowers); ovary 5–6-locular, glabrous, style 0.6–0.8 mm long (female flowers). Fruit ± spherical, c. 4–5 mm diam., pink or red when ripe. See note below regarding flowering period.

CVU, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. A common component of heathlands and woodlands almost throughout the alps and subalps (but apparently absent from Lake Mountain), with a disjunct occurrence in taller forest at Mt Macedon.

Two seemingly distinct forms occur in Victoria, the commoner a strictly high-altitude, low (usually under 60 cm high) shrub flowering Nov.-Jan., and the other commonly a lax shrub to c. 3 m high, often with drooping branchlets, and descending from subalpine areas to river valleys at c. 400 m altitude in the north-east and far east (e.g. Cheshunt, Howqua River, Bonang-Bendoc area, etc.), flowering Aug.-Nov.

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 hookeri Sond.).
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 hookeri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrothamnus hookeri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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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Australian Capital Territory