Astrotricha ledifolia DC.

Common Star-hair

Coll. Mém. 5: 30, t. 6. (1829) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Spreading to weakly erect shrub 0.5–1(–1.5) m high; stems felted. Leaves narrowly ovate or narrowly oblong-elliptic, 13–35(–45) mm long, 3–5(–8) mm wide, obtuse or rounded, or rarely subacute, upper surface weakly convex to flat, with sparsely to densely distributed granules and usually also a few much larger pointed protuberances (usually larger towards the margins), midvein channelled above, usually evident beneath indumentum below, margins recurved; petiole 1.5–2.5(–5) mm long. Inflorescence 25–55(–110) mm long; axis felted to closely floccose; bracts narrowly triangular to subulate or linear, 1.5–3 mm long. Pedicels 3–6 mm long; petals 2–2.5 mm long, those of terminal (primary) and lateral umbels c. concolorous, cream to white (rarely becoming purple or pale green); anthers c. 1 mm long. Fruit compressed, obloid to slightly obovoid, 2.5–5 mm long, 2.9–4 mm wide, not locellate. Flowers Oct.(Brisbane Ranges), Dec.–Jan.(north–east).

CVU, EGU, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW. Known in Victoria from 2 disjunct occurrences: in the far north-east (Dellicknora-Mt Tingaringy area) and in the Brisbane Ranges. Grows in loam or light clay soils, often favouring mechanically disturbed sites. Regenerates from seed and/or root-suckers.

In the far north-east of Victoria and in New South Wales, A. ledifolia is a root-suckering shrublet with several erect stems, and narrowly oblong-elliptic leaves. In the Brisbane Ranges, plants have more spreading branches and the leaves ovate or narrowly triangular (broadest at base), with a rougher upper surface and the petals more frequently empurpled with age; root-suckering has not been recorded in this population. The latter population may warrant recognition as a distinct taxon.

Source: Henwood, M.J.; Makinson, R.O.; Maling, K.L. (1999). Araliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Araliaceae
genus Astrotricha
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Astrotricha ledifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Astrotricha ledifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians 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
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