Hypericum androsaemum L.


Sp. Pl. 784 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Spreading, soft-wooded shrub, to c. 80 cm high, usually curry-scented; stems indistinctly 2-ridged. Leaves broadly ovate, 4–15 cm long, 3–8 cm wide, bases usually cordate, lower surface greyish. Flowers in terminal cymes of c. 3–15; sepals unequal, ovate, 4–8 mm long, enlarging somewhat and becoming deflexed in fruit, not black-dotted; petals obovate, c. equal to largest sepal, yellow, not black-dotted; stamens numerous, united at base into 5 bundles, slightly exceeding petals; styles 3, shorter than ovary. Fruit slightly fleshy, tardily dehiscent, globular, c. 1 cm diam., purplish or black; seeds narrowly ovoid, c. 1 mm long, minutely ridged longitudinally, or reticulate. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

*CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to western and southern Europe. A common weed of cool, moist forests, chiefly in disturbed sites, along roadsides and beside watercourses, but also readily extending into intact native forest.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Clusiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Hypericaceae
genus Hypericum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hypericum androsaemum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hypericum androsaemum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory