Asperula polymera I.Thomps.

Muelleria 27: 61 (2009) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect perennial; stems slender, to 50 cm long, with moderately dense retrorse to straight hairs. Leaves and stipules subsessile or shortly petiolate, c. equal, in whorls of 6–8, narrow to very narrow-elliptic, oblanceolate to narrow-oblanceolate or spathulate, (3–)6–20  mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide, mostly acute, occasionally subacute to obtuse, with scattered antrorse hairs, margins flat, recurved or narrowly revolute. Inflorescences terminal cymes, mostly 1–6-flowered, slightly shorter to longer than leaves. Corolla c. 3–4.5 mm long on male flowers, c. 1–2 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube as long as or longer than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps reniform, 2–3 mm long, rugose, black or dark brown. Flowers summer.

EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Widespread throughout the mountains of south-central and eastern Victoria including the Yarra Ranges, Lake Mountain, Baw Baw Plateau, Mt Buffalo and the Bogong High Plains.

Around 80% of the collections of this species are male which is in contrast to other Asperula species in Victoria where female appears to be the more commonly occurring sex (Thompson 2009).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-04-13
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-14

Thompson, I.R. (2009). A revision of Asperula and Galium (Rubieae: Rubiaceae) in Australia, Muelleria 27(1): 36-116.

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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 polymera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula polymera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales