Australina pusilla subsp. pusilla

Small Shade-nettle

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Stems to 4 cm high and 0.5(–1.0) mm diam.; young stems and petioles with stiff, appressed hairs or occasionally also with finer, more erect hairs. Leaf-lamina more or less circular, to 11 (rarely to 15) mm long and 12 (rarely 16) mm wide, length to width ratio 0.8–1.2; margin with 2–3 (rarely 1–4) blunt or rounded teeth on each side; apical tooth almost always wider than long; both surfaces usually glabrous (but may be lines of appressed hairs between veins and scattered appressed hairs on veins). Male inflorescences with peduncle to 6 mm long. Male flowers 2 (rarely 1 or 3). Female flowers 1–4 (rarely 9). Flowers Oct.–Jan.

OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. In Victoria, known only from Otway Range and the catchment of Sealers Cove on Wilsons Promontory. Grows in moist undergrowth of forest or scrub.

While some intermediates exist between the 2 subspecies, subsp. pusilla, with its small roundish leaves, is quite distinctive in Victoria.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Australina. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Urticaceae
genus Australina
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Australina pusilla subsp. pusilla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Australina pusilla subsp. pusilla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native

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New South Wales