Asperula ambleia Airy Shaw & Turrill

Stiff Woodruff

Bull. Misc. Inform. 1928: 99 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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

Erect or ascending subshrubby perennial with a woody rootstock; stems rigid, often woody below, to 30 cm long, minutely hairy. Leaves and stipules sessile, unequal, in whorls of 4, the stipules being smaller; leaves linear to linear-oblong, mostly 2–5 mm long and c. 0.3 mm wide, erect, more or less obtuse with an apical hair-tuft, surfaces virtually glabrous, margins recurved. Inflorescences terminal cymes, mostly 1–3-flowered, usually longer than leaves. Corolla 2–3 mm long on male flowers, c. 2 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube longer than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps reniform, c. 2 mm long, black. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

EGL. Also Qld, NSW. Rare in Victoria where known only from rocky banks of the Snowy River at Bete Bolong.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Rubiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Asperula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asperula ambleia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula ambleia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory