Acrotriche cordata (Labill.) R.Br.

Coast Ground-berry

Prodr. 548 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading shrub to c. 50 cm high; branchlets puberulent. Leaves usually spreading, linear-lanceolate, oblong-elliptic to ovate, 4–14 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, acute or obtuse with blunt callus tip, glabrous, lower surface slightly paler with few subparallel veins, those furthest from midvein with branches radiating to margin; margins plane, smooth. Flowers in c. 3–8-flowered spikes, 2–7 mm long, on previous season's or older wood; bracteoles 1–1.2 mm long; sepals 1.4–1.9 mm long; corolla pale green; tube 2.6–3.6 mm long; lobes 1.2–1.6 mm long; ovary 4–6-locular, style 0.8–1.2 mm long. Fruit depressed-globose, flat-topped, c. 2–3 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

Brid, Glep, VVP. Also WA, SA, Tas. Restricted in Victoria to very few sites in the south-west, where it occurs on limestone-derived soils, often near coastal or riparian cliffs in coastal scrub, mallee or woodland.

Plants from the Lower Glenelg River differ from other Victorian populations in having narrower, longer leaves. These equate to Acrotriche ovalifolia var. oblongifolia, a name that has apparently been ignored since its publication.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Acrotriche
Higher taxa


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

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Western Australia
South Australia