Aotus ericoides (Vent.) G.Don

Common Aotus

Gen. Hist. 2: 120 (1832) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Variable shrub to 2 m tall; stems with a close tomentum, hairs often rusty. Leaves opposite, alternate or in irregular whorls of 3 or more, ovate, lanceolate, elliptic or linear, 2–20 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, upper surface tuberculate, glabrous or with a few long hairs, lower surface with scattered long hairs; margins recurved to revolute; petiole 1–2 mm long. Flowers 1–several in upper axils forming a leafy raceme; pedicels to 2 mm long, covered with dense appressed hairs obscuring the surface; bracts c. 2 mm long; calyx c. 3 mm long, villous, teeth acute; petals 5–10 mm long; standard yellow with a central reddish or orange blotch; keel usually yellow. Pod obovoid, 6–7 mm long, turgid, villous; seeds 2, c. 2.5 mm long, black, reticulate. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered across southern Victoria east from about Port Campbell with isolated more westerly occurrences at Hawkesdale and in the Grampians. Grows in a wide range of habitats but most commonly in heathlands and open-forests.

This species shows a great deal of variation, particularly in indumentum and leaf size and shape.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Aotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aotus ericoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aotus ericoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory