Acrotriche depressa R.Br.

Wiry Ground-berry

Prodr. 548 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Shrub to c. 80 cm high; branchlets puberulent-hispidulous. Leaves widely spreading or reflexed, triangular to ovate-lanceolate, 1.5–5 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, mucronate, base sometimes cordate, glabrous to scabrous above, lower surface glaucous with few subparallel veins, those furthest from mid vein with branches radiating to margin; margins slightly recurved, usually serrulate. Flowers in c. 15–30-flowered spikes clustered on branches toward base of plant; spike 15–30 mm long; bracteoles 1.1–1.2 mm long; sepals 2–2.6 mm long; corolla pale green; tube 2.4–2.9 mm long; lobes 1.1–1.3 mm long; ovary 2-locular, style c. 0.8 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 8–10 mm long, dark purple at maturity, densely puberulent.

LoM. also WA, SA. In South Australia A. depressa occurs in sclerophyll forest, mallee scrub and heath on limestone and sandy ironstone. This species was previously known in Victoria from 2 collections sometime in the late 1800s or early 1900s, with the locality given as "beyond the Wimmera", and it was presumed extinct. However, it was rediscovered in 2009 near Kaniva near the border with South Australia.

The above description is drawn largely from South Australian specimens.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-08-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Acrotriche
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acrotriche depressa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acrotriche depressa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native

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Western Australia
South Australia