Baeckea latifolia (Benth.) A.R.Bean

Telopea 7: 263 (1997) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or arching shrub, 1–3 m high. Leaves moderately crowded, elliptic or obovate, spreading widely, 6–9 mm long, 2–6 mm wide, more or less flat, not distinctly keeled below; apex acute or obtuse; base cuneate. Flowers solitary in axils, white, to 6 mm across; pedicel c. 3 mm long; bracteoles absent; hypanthium obconical; calyx-lobes obtuse, triangular; petals orbicular, c. 3 mm long; stamens 6–8, usually 8, filaments geniculate; ovary 2-celled, almost flat-topped. Fruit cup-like, c. 2.5 mm diam.; seeds angular. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

VAlp. Also NSW. Apparently confined to the southern mountain ranges (Lake Mountain, Baw Baw, Mount Buller) where found at altitudes above 1300 m. Grows at the edges of snow gum woodlands and grasslands, often near streams and bogs.

Previously treated as a variety of Baeckea utilis, and often difficult to distinguish from that species. Principally distinguished from B. utilis by the relatively wider and flatter leaves.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Baeckea utilis var. latifolia (Benth.) J.H.Willis).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-08-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Baeckea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baeckea latifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baeckea latifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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Victorian Alps present native

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