Atherosperma moschatum subsp. moschatum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Usually a conical tree to c. 30 m high. Leaves nutmeg-scented when crushed, 2–6(–8) cm long, 0.8–2.5 cm wide, upper surface green, shiny, soon becoming glabrous, lower surface grey to white, densely hairy (rarely glabrescent); apex acute. Flowers pleasantly perfumed; perianth segments 6–10 mm long, cream to white, often streaked purple. Fruiting receptacle c. 10–12 mm long, densely hairy; achenes c. 10–20 mm long (including slender, plumose awn 8–17 mm long), tawny brown. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, Strz, VAlp, WPro. In cool-temperate rainforest often as a co-dominant with Nothofagus cunninghamii (Eastern Highlands) or Elaeocarpus holopetalus (East Gippsland).

Its apparent absence from rainforests of the Otway Range (where Nothofagus cunninghamii is abundant) is somewhat paradoxical. A MEL collection labelled 'upper Gellibrand' from the mid-1800s suggests that the species formerly occurred in the region but is now probably extinct there.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-10
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Atherosperma moschatum subsp. moschatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atherosperma moschatum subsp. moschatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales