Atherosperma moschatum

Common name: 

Southern Sassafras


(alternate family: Monimiaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

?Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (NRSTVWZ) also NSW, Tas

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

Not common. Growing in wetter sites in the south of the Prom, particularly along Sealers Cove and Windy Saddle1

Flower description:



Tree to 15 m, usually conical1,2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The bark, leaves, flowers and fruit of this species smell of nutmeg when crushed1

Image of Atherosperma moschatum
Image of Atherosperma moschatum Image: Mike Bayly
Image of Atherosperma moschatum Image: Mike Bayly
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