Asperula pusilla Hook.f.

Alpine Woodruff

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

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted erect or decumbent perennial, with slender and creeping rhizomes; stems slender, to 10 cm long, scabrous with spreading or recurved hairs. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, in whorls of 6(–8), linear to linear-oblanceo-late, mostly 2–8 mm long and to 1.5 mm wide, often lustrous, obtuse or broadly acute, surfaces scabrous-pubescent, hairs mostly confined to midrib below, margins recurved. Inflorescences terminal and upper-axillary cymes, mostly 1–3-flowered, c. as long as leaves. Corolla c. 3 mm long on male flowers, c. 2 mm long on females, white or pinkish; corolla-tube usually shorter than lobes. Fruit scarcely 2-lobed; mericarps subglobose, 1.5–2.5 mm diam., rugose, brown to black. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

EGU, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Occurs in montane to alpine regions of the eastern ranges, often in grassland or woodland.

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 pusilla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula pusilla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
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