Aphanes australiana (Rothm.) Rothm.

Australian Piert

Bull. Misc. Inform. 1938: 270 (1938) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herb to 10 cm high; stems villous with spreading hairs. Leaves fan-shaped, (5–)6–9(–10)-lobed, 4–12 mm long, 3–7 mm wide, with long spreading hairs; stipules bowl-shaped, 7–9-lobed, 4–8 mm wide. Flowers in clusters of 5–7. Sepals 4 or 5, occasionally 6, lanceolate, one-third to half as long as the hypanthium, spreading at maturity, with a few spreading hairs along margin, lobes 0.5–0.75 mm long; hypanthium bell-shaped, glabrous to bristly hairy with white spreading hairs and a hairless band just below base of sepal lobes, 1–2 mm long. Fruiting hypanthium reddish-brown. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread, occurs in drier open eucalypt forest and mallee woodland.

Most of the specimens from western Victoria have 5 sepal lobes instead of 4, thus falling within the circumscription of Aphanes pentamera. However, several specimens have flowers with 4 or 5 (or even 6) sepal lobes. The variability of this character suggests that A pentamera is merely a slightly aberrant form of A. australiana.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Aphanes
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Aphanes australiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aphanes australiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory