Acrotriche serrulata (Labill.) R.Br.


Prodr. 547 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dense, prostrate to decumbent shrub to c. 30(–60) cm high; branchlets finely pubescent. Leaves suberect to reflexed, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 3.5–11 mm long, 0.5–1.7(–2.5) mm wide, mucronate, flat, sparsely pubescent to pilose on both surfaces (at least when young), rarely almost glabrous, lower surface with 3–5(–7) unbranched subparallel veins separated by shallow glaucous grooves; margins plane to slightly recurved, scabrous to pilose. Flowers in 5–12-flowered spikes on old wood (often below leafy region); spike c. 2–8 mm long; bracteoles and sepals often with minute appressed hairs; bracteoles 1–1.7 mm long; sepals 1.7–2.8 mm long; corolla sometimes maroon-tinged; tube transluscent, (2.2–)4–5.5(–6)mm long; lobes green, 1.5–2.5 mm long; ovary 5–7-locular, densely and minutely white-papillose, style (1–)1.4–2 mm long. Fruit depressed-globose, flat-topped, 2.5–3.5 mm long, greyish-green, indumentum persisting. Flowers mainly Jun.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widely distributed, occurring on sandy, loamy or skeletal soil in woodland, open-forest, heathland, coastal scrub and mallee shrubland.

This species resprouts after burning, the new leaves sometimes broader than those of mature specimens. Plants in the Little Desert-southern Big Desert area have short broad leaves that are sometimes almost glabrous. They resemble A. affinis but have venation typical of A. serrulata.

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 Acrotriche
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acrotriche serrulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrotriche serrulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory