Cranberry Heath

Cranberry Heath

Astroloma humifusum


Perennial. Often grows in disturbed sites. Birds feed on the nectar and fruits. A potential  food plant of the moth larvae Poecilasthena pulchraria


Details Description
Type
Shrub
Group
Heath
Identifying Characteristics

Dense spreading mat plant up to 50 cm tall and 1.0-1.5 m wide. Leaves narrow, blue-green and prickly, to 10 mm long. Flowers red and tube shaped. Fruits are small, round, green and fleshy. Flowers most of the year but mainly May-September.

Distinctive Features

Bright red tube-shaped flowers. Small prickly leaves with a sharp point.

Life Form Group
Shrub
Life Form Codes
Prostrate Shrub (PS)
EVC types
EVC 55_61: Plains Grassy Woodland
EVC 55_63: Higher Rainfall Plains Grassy Woodland
Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Charophyta
Class
Equisetopsida
Order
Ericales
Family
Ericaceae
Genus
Astroloma
Species
humifusum
Occurs in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Endangered Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.