Melicytus angustifolius subsp. divaricatus Stajsic & R.Douglas

Australian Systematic Botany 27: 320 (2015) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native



Spreading, or nearly decumbent or rarely prostrate shrubs  0.3–2 (–4) m high m high. Branchlets glabrous, or rarely, hispidulous, tapering abruptly to thick spines, lateral spines absent; branching angle mostly 60°–85°. Juvenile leaves resembling adults, oblong to obovate, (4–)9–22(–27) mm long, (1.2–)2–3(–4.5) mm wide, solitary or in fascicles of 2–6, subsessile or sessile, margins entire or with 1 or 2 shallow teeth on each margin; apex obtuse; leaves with stomata on both surfaces, glabrous, or with minute, scattered hairs just above base; lateral veins usually not apparent. Inflorescences 1- or 2- (rarely 3-)flowered, axillary to old leaves or their petiole scars, or scattered along stems. Flowers pedicellate with a pair of small bracteoles between base and mid-point; pedicels 1.5–3 mm long; sepals unequal, imbricate, 0.6–2 mm long; corolla campanulate, cream 2.2–3.2 mm long; anthers sessile, obovate, 1.1–1.3 mm long, with a membranous, orange-brown, fimbriate appendage, exceeding anthers by up to 1.3 mm; ovary ovoid, ca 1.5 mm long; style 1–1.5  mm long. Berry ellipsoid to ovoid, 7–8 mm long, 5–7 mm diam., maturing to mottled bluish-grey and white or completely white; seeds 1 or 2, 3–4 mm long, plano-convex in section. Flowers Aug.–Oct.(–Dec. in alps)

SnM, VAlp, VVP, Wim. Occurs primarily on basalt-derived soils of the Volcanic Plain west of Melbourne where often associated with exposed natural rock and drystone walls, but also in subalps and alps on soils derived from a variety of parent rock types.

Previously included within M. dentatus (DC.) Molloy & Mabb. Melicytus angustifolius subsp. angustifolius is confined to near-coastal northern Tasmania.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-04-09
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-07-28
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Melicytus angustifolius subsp. divaricatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melicytus angustifolius subsp. divaricatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native