Acrotriche leucocarpa P.Jobson & Whiffin

Tall Acrotriche

Muelleria 7: 295 (1990) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading shrub c. 30–130 cm high; branchlets finely pubescent when young. Leaves widely spreading, often ± horizontal, lanceolate or rarely elliptic, 5.5–14 mm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide, mucronate, ± flat, glabrous above, lower surface glaucous with branching subparallel-palmate veins; margins plane to slightly recurved, smooth. Flowers in compact 3–6-flowered spikes, on previous season's wood; spike 2.5–5 mm long; bracteoles 0.8–1 mm long; sepals 1.4–1.6 mm long; corolla pale green; tube (1.6–)2–2.5 mm long; lobes 1–1.2 mm long; ovary 4- or 5-locular, style 0.5–0.7 mm long. Fruit ovoid-globose, c. 3 mm long, pearly white, glabrous. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

EGU, MonT, SnM. Also NSW. Generally uncommon species of montane open-forest, woodland or shrubland often on rocky summits or slopes of mountain ranges, east from Mt Elizabeth near Ensay, but locally frequent in the upper catchment of the Snowy River.

Closely resembles the red-fruited species A. divaricata R. Br. (New South Wales) and A. aggregata R. Br. (New South Wales and Queensland). It further differs from the former in having leaves with a glaucous undersurface and from the latter in the tendency for the leaves to be shorter and more lanceolate.

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.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-10-02
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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 leucocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrotriche leucocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory