Asperula minima Hook.f.

Mossy Woodruff

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

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted moss-like perennial, with slender and much-branched rhizomes; stems slender, to 6 cm long, glabrous. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, in whorls of 6–8, narrow-oblanceolate, mostly 2–4 mm long and c. 0.5 mm wide, acute or acuminate, surfaces scabrous-pubescent, hairs mostly confined to midrib below, margins flat to recurved. Inflorescences terminal and upper-axillary cymes, mostly 1–3-flowered, longer than leaves. Corolla c. 1.5 mm long on male flowers, c. 1 mm long on females, white; corolla-tube as long as or shorter than lobes. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps reniform, c. 1 mm long, scabrous to rugose, black Flowers Oct.–Dec.

DunT, GipP, Gold, GGr, VAlp, VVP. Also Tas. In Victoria, apart from outlying populations at Ararat, French Island, and supposedly Mount Buffalo, apparently confined to the Grampians where locally common on moist, often mossy, rock ledges.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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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 minima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula minima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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