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Acrotriche prostrata

Trailing Ground-berry

Open trailing plant with stems rooting at intervals, shorter branches hairy, may become erect.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate-15 cm x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSmall stem-clasping triangular leaves with a pointed tip, 4-16 mm x 1-8 mm.
  • Flower colourLight green
  • Flowering timeMay to September
  • FlowersDense spikes of small tubular flowers with open lobes, on old wood. Succulent egg-shaped fruit. Nectar is edible.
  • Bird attractingNectar, berries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to well drained situations in forests in clay soils. Frost tolerant. Partial sun to full shade.
  • Garden useTrailing plant for understorey planting, shady rockeries, hanging baskets. Can be grown with ferns.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire. Endemic to Victoria.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - suck out nectar
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Ian McCann, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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