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Gonocarpus tetragynus

Common Raspwort

Wiry, erect perennial herb with slightly 4-ribbed stems covered in sharp stiff hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyHaloragaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm x 20-40 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesPairs of lance-shaped leaves, 0.6-1.9 cm x 2-7 mm, with stiff hairs. Margins have 4-8 small teeth.
  • Flower colourGreen to reddish
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersLoose terminal spikes of tiny flowers, bracts reddish.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWidespread in moist to dry well drained soils in dry forests, scrubs and heaths. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant as an understorey under established trees. Stems have a raspy feel.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1 Chris Clarke, NatureShare © 2, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 Richard Hartland ©

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)
  • 28 Red Box Grassy Dry Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 22)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 31 Candlebark Grassy Forest (EVC 128)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 09 Myrtle Beech Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC31)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 10 Southern Sassafras Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC 31)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 37 Yarra Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 39 Sedge Wetland Complex (EVC 136)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 40 Snow Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175/37)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 41 Swamp Paperbark Riparian Thicket (EVC 59)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 42 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 47)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 43 Buxton Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 44 Grassy Wetland Complex (EVC 125)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 45 Lemon Bottlebrush Rocky Outcrop Shrubland (EVC 28)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
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