Acrothamnus maccraei

Subalpine Beard-heath

Dense spreading shrub with hairy branchlets and bright green new growth.

Additional information

  • SynonymLeucopogon maccraei
  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 1-3 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesShiny dark green horizontally spreading, egg-shaped to almost triangular leaves, 4-8 mm x 2-4 mm, 3 longitudinal veins on lower side, broad base.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersTerminal and upper axillary spikes to 10 mm long of 2-5 tiny tubular flowers. Shortly bearded inside. Fleshy, roundish bright red fruit.
  • Bird attractingFruit
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained moist rocky slopes, in subalpine forests, usually above 900 m. Frost and snow tolerant. Dappled to semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive dense shrub which would be worth trying in a garden or container. Slow growing.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites but locally common. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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