Acrotriche prostrata F.Muell.

Trailing Ground-berry

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 40 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Trailing shrub with main stems prostrate and rooting at intervals, shorter branches prostrate or ascending to c. 15 cm high; branchlets pilose. Leaves widely spreading, often ± horizontal, lanceolate to ovate, 4–16 mm long, 1–8 mm wide, mucronate, flat or convex, glabrous to sparsely pilose, lower surface paler with branching subparallel-palmate veins; margins flat to recurved, pilose. Flowers in dense c. 5–14-flowered spikes, on previous season's or older wood; spike c. 3–8 mm long; outer surface of bracteoles, sepals and corolla lobes usually pilose apically; bracteoles 2–3 mm long; sepals 2.8–4 mm long; corolla light green; tube 5.5–6.5 mm long; lobes 2.3–2.6 mm long; ovary (2–)3-locular, style 2–3 mm long. Fruit ovoid-ellipsoid, c. 5–7 mm long, greenish, pubescent. Flowers mainly Apr.–Jul.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, Wim. Apparently endemic to Victoria. Occurring mostly in damp eucalypt forests in widely scattered locations across southern Victoria.

Leaf width is particularly variable in this species.

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Acrotriche
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acrotriche prostrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrotriche prostrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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 Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia