Gonocarpus tetragynus

Common Name:

Common Raspwort



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions except Murray Mallee, Riverina (BCDEHJKMNPRSTUVWXYZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common in dry open forest and woodland 1

Flower Description:

Pinkish-red 1


Perennial herb 15-30 cm tall 2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species is distinguished from G. humilis by having hairs that press against the stem rather than hairs that spread horizontally. Flowers of G. humilis are yellow-green. Gonocarpus micranthus is much smaller (to 10 cm tall) with stems that root at the nodes 1


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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