Gonocarpus serpyllifolius Hook.f.

Flat Raspwort

Icon Pl. 3: t. 290 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Perennial herb, erect or ascending, 10–25 cm tall; stems reddish, wiry, densely pubescent, hairs appressed. Leaves opposite, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 5–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, virtually glabrous, margins thickened, with 2–4 minute teeth; petiole to 1 mm long; bracts opposite, sometimes becoming alternate above, ovate, 2–3 mm long, margins entire; bracteoles narrow-lanceolate, c. 1 mm long, brown, margins entire. Flowers sessile; sepals 0.7–0.8 mm long, margins slightly thickened, basal callus weak; petals red, 2.2–2.5 mm long; stamens 8, anthers 1.8–2 mm long; ovary ovoid, c. 1 mm long, reddish-grey, 8-ribbed, smooth between ribs, glabrous. Fruit 1–1.3 mm long, silver to purplish, usually with a metallic sheen. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

HFE, MonT, VAlp. Also Tas. In Victoria, known with certainty only from near Bidwell on the upper reaches of the Delegate River and the Upper Livingstone Creek near Omeo.

This species is readily characterized by the metallic sheen on the fruits. Victorian plants differ from those in Tasmania in having only the lowermost flowers in opposite pairs.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Haloragaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-09-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Haloragaceae
genus Gonocarpus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gonocarpus serpyllifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gonocarpus serpyllifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

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