Monotoca oreophila Albr.

Mountain Broom-heath

Muelleria 8: 299 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Procumbent to erect shrub 0.2–2.5 m high; branchlets puberulous or almost glabrous. Leaves dense, lanceolate to elliptic, 3.8–11 mm long, 1.4–2.8 mm wide, mucronate, convex, glabrous, lower surface whitish; margins slightly recurved, smooth; petiole glabrous. Flowers axillary, solitary, on current season's growth; all or most axes growing beyond flowering region while plants flowering; peduncles 0.2–1.7 mm long; bracts caducous or leaf-like; bracteoles 0.5–1.1 mm long; sepals 0.6–1 mm long; corolla whitish-cream, campanulate, 1.1–1.9 mm long in female flowers; 1.4–2.5 mm long in males; lobes glabrous or rarely sparsely papillose, c. twice as long as tube; anthers 0.8–1.2(–1.3) mm long, exserted from the corolla tube; ovary plus style 0.7–1 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 2.2–3 mm long, red-orange at maturity. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

HSF, SnM, VAlp. Confined to relatively few rocky montane-subalpine sites from Mt Baw Baw north-east to Mt Kent. Plants on Mt Useful are unusually tall but are typical in all other respects.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Monotoca
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Monotoca oreophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Monotoca oreophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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