Gonocarpus montanus (Hook.f.) Orchard

Mat Raspwort

Bull. Auckland Inst. Mus. 10: 172 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial herb, procumbent or ascending, 10–15 cm tall; stems 4-angled, sparsely pilose with short appressed hairs. Leaves opposite, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 3.5–10 mm long, 2–6 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely pilose basally, coriaceous, margins thickened, with 4–6 teeth; petiole 1–3 mm long; bracts opposite, becoming alternate, lanceolate, 2–4 mm long; bracteoles lanceolate, 0.8–1.5 mm long, red-brown, margins entire. Pedicel 0.2–0.5 mm long; sepals 0.9–1 mm long, margins thickened, basal callus weak; petals 1.5–1.8 mm long; stamens 4, opposite sepals, staminodes 4, c. 0.5 mm long, opposite petals, anthers 0.8–1.2 mm long; ovary ovoid, 1–1.5 mm long, silver-grey to reddish-purple, 8-ribbed, often with 2 oblique calluses between ribs, glabrous. Fruit 1.5–1.6 mm long, silver-grey. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

EGU, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. New Zealand. Confined in Victoria to open areas in alpine and subalpine habitats in the east with an isolated western occurrence on Mt William in the Grampians.

This species has been confused with Gonocarpus serpyllifolius but can be distinguished by its more robust habit, generally larger, thicker leaves and non-shiny fruit.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Haloragaceae. 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 [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Haloragaceae
genus Gonocarpus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gonocarpus montanus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gonocarpus montanus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall 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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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory