Richea victoriana Menadue

Muelleria 8: 317 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Narrowly erect shrub 0.7–2 m high; older branches with prominent annular scars. Leaves usually persisting only on the upper 5–40 cm of stem, spreading, sometimes slightly twisted, ovate-lanceolate to triangular, 3–10 cm long, 5–11 mm wide, flat to concave; apex straight or decurved, shortly pungent-pointed; margins serrulate. Flowers in dense narrow spike-like panicles to c. 12 cm long; peduncle not or only slightly exserted from leaf-sheaths; inflorescence axis glabrous; lateral branches to 18 mm long; sepals 4 or 5, broadly ovate, 1.2–1.5 mm long, obtuse to subacute; corolla white, 3.5–4 mm long; anthers narrowly oblong; filaments 3–3.5 mm long; nectary absent, style c. 1.5–1.7 mm long. Fruit c. 2 mm long; seeds 0.8–1.1 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

HNF, HSF, VAlp. Endemic to Victoria. Restricted to montane and subalpine sites on and near the Baw Baw Plateau and the Blue Range, between Marysville and Taggerty. Occurs in wet heathland, wet scrub or margins of cool-temperate rainforest.

Recently segregated from R. gunnii Hook, f., which is restricted to similar montane and sub-alpine heaths in Tasmania. Richea victoriana differs from R. gunnii in having glabrous main inflorescence axes, longer inflorescence branches, slightly narrower operculum, longer anthers, filaments and capsules, a tendency for the leaves to be longer and not so markedly spirally arranged, and in lacking nectary scales.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Richea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Richea victoriana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Richea victoriana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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