Asperula charophyton Airy Shaw & Turrill

Elongate Woodruff

Bull. Misc. Inform. 1928: 101 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x)

Suberect to spreading perennial; stems slender, to 30 cm long, flexuose, densely scabrous to glabrous. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, in whorls of 6, linear to linear-oblanceolate, mostly 5–30 mm long and 1–2 mm wide, subacute to obtuse, surfaces virtually glabrous, margins recurved. Inflorescences terminal or upper-axillary cymes, mostly 2–6-flowered, usually shorter than leaves. Corolla c. 2 mm long on male flowers, c. 1.5 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube slightly longer than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps subglobose, 2–3 mm diam., glabrous, blackish-brown Flowers spring–summer.

Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Only 4 collections (all sterile) from Victoria (Breamlea, Little River, Smythes Range, Craigieburn) appear to belong to this species. Fertile material is required to confirm the presence of this species in Victoria.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Rubiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Asperula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asperula charophyton in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula charophyton in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain extinct native
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct native
Otway Plain extinct native
Goldfields extinct native
Central Victorian Uplands extinct native

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New South Wales