Gaultheria hispida R.Br.


Prodr. 559 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Uncertain

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Closely resembling G. appressa, and differing significantly only in the erect bristles on younger stems and leaf undersurfaces (and sometimes short outgrowths on the upper surfaces of younger leaves), and in the relatively narrower lanceolate leaves, not or rarely broader than 1 cm. Flowers ?Dec. (in fruit Mar.).

NIS, OtR, VAlp. Also Tas. Known in Victoria only by a recent (1994) collection from the Otway Range (near Hopetoun Falls on the upper Aire River). The roadside situation of the small population of G. hispida raises the possibility that it has become established there following road-works, probably from seed inadvertently imported from Tasmania. Other records from eastern Victoria are historical collections of doubtful location given the lack of subsequent records at these locations.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ericaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Gaultheria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gaultheria hispida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gaultheria hispida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present uncertain
Otway Ranges present uncertain
Victorian Alps present uncertain

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New South Wales