Oreomyrrhis eriopoda (DC.) Hook.f.

Australian Caraway

Fl. Tasman. 1: 162 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rosetted perennial to 50 cm high; rootstock a slender to stout taproot; stem occasionally branched on older, vigorous plants. Leaves pinnate, lamina oblong in outline, 1.5–9.0 cm long, 0.5–8 cm wide; leaflets 15–25, oblong, abruptly acute, glabrescent to hairy, the lower leaflets often remote, petiolule and rachis hairy; petiole 1.5–20 cm long, covered in short white hairs; leaf-sheath ciliate to hairy. Scape erect, with fine white retrorse hairs, to 40 cm long (usually much longer than leaves) in fruit; umbels mainly 15–35-flowered; involucral bracts 8–12, ovate to lanceolate, 3–6 mm long, hairy on the outside and along the margins, often villous at base, occasionally shallowly toothed, apex acute to obtuse. Petals white or tinged pink, with dark midvein, glabrous or hirsute on outside, 0.7–1 mm long. Fruit 15–35 per umbel on hirsute pedicels, ovate to oblanceolate, 3–6 mm long, dark brown, glabrous, with 5 rounded light brown to yellow-green ribs. Flowers late spring–summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. In Victoria occurring mainly in elevated areas of the east with isolated western populations in the Grampians and near Port Campbell. Typically occurring in alpine and subalpine grassland, open heath and woodland communities, but occasionally entering forest and heath at lower elevations (e.g. Mt Dandenong, Macedon and Kinglake areas).

Source: Jobson, P.K. (1999). Oreomyrrhis. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2016-10-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Oreomyrrhis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Oreomyrrhis eriopoda in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oreomyrrhis eriopoda in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native