Asperula conferta Hook.f.

Common Woodruff

London J. Bot. 6: 464 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to decumbent perennial, often slightly woody at base; stems slender, to 30 cm long, sparsely pubescent with short recurved hairs. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, in whorls of 5 or 6, linear, mostly 2–12 mm long and 0.3–1 mm wide, acute to short-acuminate often with a short point, glabrous except for short hairs on margins and midrib on lower surface, margins flat to recurved. Inflorescences terminal or upper-axillary cymes, mostly 1–3-flowered, slightly shorter than or longer than leaves. Corolla 2–3 mm long on male flowers, c. 3 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube slightly shorter than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps globose-reniform, 1–2 mm diam., rugose, blackish-brown. Flowers mainly Sep.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and often locally common throughout most of Victoria, occurring in a wide range of habitats from mallee scrubs to tall montane forest.

See note under A. scoparia.

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 conferta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula conferta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges 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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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory