Cryptandra ericoides Sm.

Heathy Cryptandra

in Rees, Cycl. 10: Cryptandra no. 1 (1808) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Wiry decumbent to erect shrub to c. 60 cm high; young branchlets appressed-pubescent. Leaves often clustered, shortly petiolate, terete, 2–10 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, grooved beneath, glabrous, minutely scabrous; stipules to 1 mm long. Flowers sessile, in terminal clusters of up to c. 10; bracts brown, ovate, c. 1 mm long, acute to acuminate, appressed-ciliate; perianth narrowly campanulate, 3–4 mm long, white, externally with indumentum of fine appressed simple hairs overlaying fine stellate hairs, denser toward tip; sepals c. half as long as hypanthium; petals c. 0.5 mm long; style entire, shortly exceeding hypanthium, hairy in lower third or two-thirds. Fruit c. 2.5 mm long, virtually filling the hypanthium. Flowers Feb.–Jun.

EGL. Also NSW. Known in Victoria from moist lowland heath near Lake Wau Wauka in the extreme east.

Source: Walsh, N.G.; Udovicic, F. (1999). Cryptandra. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Cryptandra
Higher taxa


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

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory