Gonocarpus elatus (A.Cunn. ex Fenzl) Orchard

Tall Raspwort

Bull. Auckland Inst. Mus. 10: 219 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial herb or subshrub 18–35(–60) cm tall, erect or ascending; stems slightly 4–5-ribbed, covered with long, stiff, spreading hairs to 1 mm long. Leaves alternate, linear-lanceolate to ovate, 1–4 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, densely pilose, sessile, margins revolute, entire or toothed only in distal half; bracts 2–3 mm long, pilose; bracteoles lanceolate, 0.8–1 mm long, entire, brown. Pedicel 0.3–0.4 mm long; sepals 0.6–0.8 mm long, margins thickened, basal callus present; petals reddish-brown, 2.1–2.7 mm long; stamens 8, anthers 2–2.3 mm long; ovary globose to ovoid, 0.9–1.2 mm long, white to grey or brown, weakly 8-ribbed, pilose, smooth or with 3 or 4 irregular transverse rows of tubercles, stigmas yellow. Fruit 1.2–1.5 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT. Widespread in Victoria, mostly on dry, rocky hillsides and rock outcrops.

Readily identified by its alternate leaves and long silky indumentum. Hybrids between this species and G. mezianus have been observed in the Grampians and South Australia. A glabrous variant, growing with normal hairy plants, has been noted at Mt Arapiles.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Haloragaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Haloragaceae
genus Gonocarpus
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory