Baeckea ericaea (F.Muell.) Benth.

Mat Baeckea

Fl. Austral. 3: 77 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Subshrub, prostrate to 30 cm high. Leaves usually crowded, oblong to broadly lanceolate, not spreading, 0.7–3 mm long, to 1 mm wide, thick, concavo-convex or semi-elliptic; apex obtuse. Flowers solitary in axils, white or pink, to 6 mm across, sessile; bracteoles 2 or 3, boat-shaped, pointed, clasping hypanthium; hypanthium hemispherical; calyx-lobes thin, indistinctly 3-veined; petals orbicular, 1–1.5 mm long; stamens 15, in groups of 3 opposite petals, filaments straight; ovary 3-celled, convex. Fruit to 3 mm diam.; seeds reniform. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

LoM, Wim. Also SA. In Victoria confined to the north-west where mostly occurring in sandy soils on dunes and in heathland.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Baeckea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baeckea ericaea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baeckea ericaea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native

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