Tetratheca ciliata Lindl.


in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Interior East. Australia 2: 205 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender shrub to c. 1 m high; stems glabrous and minutely tuberculate to densely hairy with hairs usually erect, from very short to c. 1 mm long. Leaves alternate, opposite or in regular whorls of 3–5, narrow-elliptic to orbicular, 2–20 mm long, 1–15 mm wide, acute or obtuse, margins flat to revolute, usually undulate, both surfaces glabrous or with a few fine, erect hairs particularly near margins. Inflorescences 1–3-flowered; peduncles 3–12 mm long, glandular-hairy (rarely almost absent) with shorter underlying acicular hairs. Sepals broad-ovate, 1.5–3 mm long, upper part strongly reflexed, deciduous; petals c. obovate 6–18 mm long, deep lilac-pink, rarely white, deciduous; ovary velvety, ovules 4. Fruit obovate to broad-obovate, 4–8 mm long; seeds more or less obovoid, 2–3 mm long, hairy, appendage cream. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also ?WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread across higher rainfall parts of Victoria and often locally common in a variety of habitats.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Tremandraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Oxalidales
genus Tetratheca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tetratheca ciliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tetratheca ciliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes 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

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South Australia
New South Wales