Australina pusilla subsp. muelleri (Wedd.) Friss & Wilmot-Dear

Shade Nettle

Nordic. J. Bot. 7: 126 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems to 20 cm high and 0.8(–1.5) mm diam.; young stems and petioles with short, erect and dense hairs. Leaf-lamina elliptic to ovate, 15–50 mm long, 10–35 mm wide, length to width ratio 1.4–2.4; margin with 4–6 (rarely 3) rounded teeth on each side; apex with 1 long blunt tooth which is usually longer than wide; upper surface with lines of stiff, semi-appressed hairs in lines between and parallel with the veins, below almost glabrous or with short, dense hairs, longer on veins. Male inflorescences with peduncle up to 5–15 mm long. Male flowers 2–4 (rarely 1 or 5). Female flowers 2–20 (rarely 9).  Flowers Sep.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, WaP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Common in moist, often deeply shaded forest in the eastern mountains, with outlying occurrences in the Otway Range, Daylesford, Trentham and the You Yangs.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Australina. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-24
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Australina pusilla subsp. muelleri in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Australina pusilla subsp. muelleri in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory