Wittsteinia vacciniacea

Baw Baw Berry

Sprawling subshrub with erect stems, spreading by underground stems. Branchlets downy.

Additional information

  • FamilyAlseuosmiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-40 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSpreading dark green elliptic to egg-shaped leaves, wider towards tip, 4-52 mm x 2.5-30 mm, distinctly veined above, paler below, tip pointed to rounded, margins toothed, pointing forward. Tuft of long brown hairs at leaf axils.
  • Flower colourPale green
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • FlowersFragrant bell-shaped flowers to 7 mm long, lobes curved back, wavy, 1-3 in leaf axils. Round fleshy greenish-white berries.
  • Bird attractingBerries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in rainforest and alpine ash forest in sheltered positions. Frost and snow tolerant. Semi-shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useSlowly spreading plant for moist protected position.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Occurs in a restricted area within the Shire. Endemic to Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2, 3 Ken Harris ©

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