Stackhousia subterranea W.M.Barker

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 21: 90 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Glabrous perennial to 50 cm high, with 1–few, erect or ascending simple stems arising from nodes of often long, horizontal or ascending underground rhizomes, sometimes forming extensive colonies to 10 m diam. Leaves narrow-linear, lanceolate or obovate, 7–20(–35) mm long, 1–5 mm wide (at least the lower ones usually obovate and wider than c. 3 mm), obtuse to subacute, usually somewhat fleshy. Inflorescence a dense cylindric spike; flowers solitary at nodes, each subtended by a bract and 2 bracteoles (bracteoles hyaline, often vestigial), bract with a prominent saccate base, acute to acuminate, slightly shorter than to slightly longer than calyx. Hypanthium 0.5–1 mm long; sepals 1.1–2.1 mm long; corolla cream or white, tube 5–8 mm long, lobes 3.2–5.4 mm long; gynoecium 3(–4)-partite. Mericarps usually 3, broad-obovoid to broad-ellipsoid, 2–3 mm long, obtusely rugose to reticulate, the basal cavity shallow. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

DunT, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Occurs chiefly on fertile loam or clay soils in the western part of the State, in grassland or open woodland communities. Occasional in drier woodlands (sometimes mallee) on poorer soils (e.g. Terrick Terrick, Wyperfeld NP).

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-03
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Celastrales
family Celastraceae
genus Stackhousia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stackhousia subterranea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stackhousia subterranea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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