Acaena novae-zelandiae

Common name: 


Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera (CDEHJKLMNPRSTUVWXYZ) SA, NSW, ACT, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common on sandy soils throughout the Prom1
found in grassland to montane forest, alpine meadows and moist, weedy areas2

Flower description:

Creamy white in globular heads1


Creeping herb1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Fruits form reddish heads, each fruit is barbed and clings to clothing and shoelaces

Image of Acaena novae-zelandiae
Image of Acaena novae-zelandiae
Image of Acaena novae-zelandiae Image: Gill Brown
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria