Fieldia australis A.Cunn.


in B.Field, Geogr. Mem. New South Wales 364 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small climber or epiphyte clinging to tree or tree-fern trunks by adventitious roots; branches, foliage and inflorescences hirsute with septate hairs. Leaves usually very unequal; larger 1 obovate-elliptic to oblong, 3–10 cm long, 1–4(–6) cm wide, apex acute, base cuneate, margins coarsely toothed, both surfaces dull and sparsely hairy; petiole 0–10 mm long. Peduncles shorter than larger leaves; bracteoles 2, leaf-like, 5–12 mm long. Flowers creamy-white; sepals ovate, 5–15 mm long, acute; corolla 25–40 mm long. Berry more or less obloid to ovoid, 10–30 mm long, 10–12 mm diam., whitish with purple flecks; seeds more or less ovoid, 0.5–0.75 mm long, longitudinally ribbed. Flowers mostly Apr.–Aug.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, Strz, VAlp, WPro. Also Qld, NSW. In Victoria confined to the east where often a common component of fern gullies and rainforest pockets.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Gesneriaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Gesneriaceae
genus Fieldia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Fieldia australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fieldia australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales