Stackhousia spathulata Sieber ex Spreng.

Coast Stackhousia

Syst. Veg., edn 16, 4: 124 (1827) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Glabrous, often subshrubby and rounded perennial to c. 20(–40) cm high; stems procumbent to ascending; leaves obovate to spathulate, 8–30 mm long, 4–12 mm wide, thick, obtuse, rounded or truncate (sometimes shortly mucronate) at the apex. Inflorescence a dense cylindric spike; flowers sweetly fragrant, solitary at nodes, each subtended by a bract and 2 bracteoles, all c. triangular, herbaceous, bracts c. 0.5–1 times as long as calyx, bracteoles half to two-thirds as long as bract. Hypanthium 1–1.5 mm long; sepals 1.5–2 mm long; corolla white or cream, tube 6–8 mm long, lobes 4–5 mm long obtuse; gynoecium 3-partite. Mericarps 4–6 mm long, longitudinally 3-winged, shallowly reticulate between the wings; basal cavity shallow. Flowers Jul.–Jan.

Brid, EGL, GipP, Glep, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Occasional on foredunes of ocean beaches, but patchily distributed and seldom common.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Stackhousiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Celastrales
family Celastraceae
genus Stackhousia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory