Aciphylla simplicifolia (F.Muell.) Benth.

Mountain Aciphyll

Fl. Austral. 3: 375 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted herb 9–61 cm high, stems often purple. Leaves basal, simple; linear to narrow-lanceolate, 6–30 cm long (including sheathing base), 3–6 mm wide, apex obtuse; basal sheath 3–10 cm long, 1–3 mm wide. Male inflorescence broadly open and slender, the female narrower with stouter peduncles; 5–14 umbellules per compound umbel. Flowers 1.5–2.5 mm diam.; petals 0.7–1.2 mm long; stamens shorter than petals. Fruit 9–12 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm wide. Flowers summer.

EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Scattered, but locally common in subalpine and alpine grassland, tall herbfield, Sphagnum bog edges, and eucalypt woodlands. There is considerable range in leaf size with local races being fairly uniform, e.g. plants from Mt Buffalo have leaves at the large end of the range, while those from the Nunniong Plateau are typically at the smallest extreme.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Apiaceae. 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 Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Aciphylla
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory