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Acaena novae-zelandiae

Bidgee-widgee

Spreading matting plant, rooting from leaf nodes.

Additional information

  • SynonymAcaena anserinifolia
  • FamilyRosaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x 1-4 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesBright green oblong divided (pinnate) leaves to 40 mm with 7-11 toothed leaflets which increase in size from bottom to top.
  • Flower colourGreenish-white
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersBalls of small flowers on long stalks. Balls of reddish fruits to 25 mm are covered in burrs.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWidespread in moist to dry sites in clay and sandy soils. Full sun to full shade.
  • Garden useErosion control through soil binding. Ground cover assisting with moisture retention. Burrs stick to clothing but may restrict foot traffic.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 3 Barry Sheffield ©; 4 Yarra Ranges Council photo library

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 02 Shining Gum Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 09 Myrtle Beech Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC31)
  • 37 Yarra Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 39 Sedge Wetland Complex (EVC 136)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 40 Snow Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175/37)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 41 Swamp Paperbark Riparian Thicket (EVC 59)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 42 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 47)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 43 Buxton Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 44 Grassy Wetland Complex (EVC 125)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 45 Lemon Bottlebrush Rocky Outcrop Shrubland (EVC 28)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
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