Baeckea utilis F.Muell. ex Miq.

Mountain Baeckea

Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 4: 150 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub 1–3 m high, wiry, slender. Leaves moderately crowded, oblanceolate to elliptic, spreading widely, 4–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, more or less flat above, keeled below; apex acute or obtuse; base attenuate. Flowers solitary in axils, white, to 6 mm across; pedicel to 1.6–2.5 mm long; bracteoles absent; hypanthium obconical; calyx-lobes obtuse, triangular; petals orbicular, 2–2.5 mm long; stamens 8–10, usually 8, filaments geniculate; ovary 2-celled, almost flat-topped. Fruit cup-like, to 3 mm diam.; seeds angular.  Flowers mainly Dec.–Mar.

CVU, EGL, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Occurs along streams and in bogs, mainly in montane to alpine areas (sometimes in cool-air drainage zones in valleys), sometimes occurring with Baeckea gunniana, with isolated records from Maramingo Swamp (near Genoa), Black Range and Moorabool Top Reservoir.

See note under Baeckea latifolia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-08-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Baeckea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Baeckea utilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Baeckea utilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory