Tall ground berry
Acrotriche aggregata, Fam. Epacridaceae
Dense shrub up to 3m. Acrotriche from the Greek 'akron' meaning end, edge and 'trichos' meaning hair, referring to the tuft of hairs at the top of the floral tube; aggregata from the Latin 'aggerare' to pile up, referring to the clustered flowers.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Simple, alternate, crowded, ovate, elliptic or obovate, 0.9-2 x 0.2-0.6cm with a pointed apex. Shiny green above and pale or glaucous below due to a covering of small protuberances.
|Flower description:||Axillary clusters or spikes of one to four green white flowers. Tufts of white hairs are present on the inside tip of the lobes and at the base of the lobes, closing off the throat of the tube. May to February.|
|Fruit description:||Succulent, bright red, cushion shaped drupes, 4-7mm in diameter. March to December.|
|Habitat:||Coastal dune, open forest, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the emu and yellow faced honeyeater.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Fruits are edible. Grow from cuttings.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|