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Useful Temperate Plants

Acrotriche depressa

R.Br.

Ericaceae

+ Synonyms

Styphelia depressa Spreng.

Common Name: Wiry Groundberry

Acrotriche depressa
Close-up of the fruit
Photograph by: South Australian Seed Conservation Centre
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General Information

Acrotriche depressa is an evergreen, low-growing, much-branched shrub that can grow up to 80cm tall and about 60cm wide..
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - Victoria, Southern Australia and Western Australia

Habitat

Sandy loams[
154
Title
Flora of Victoria.
Publication
 
Author
Ewart. A. J.
Publisher
University Press; Melbourne
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of eastern Australia, it is rather short on information that is useful to the plant project.
]. Rocky hillsides, often lightly shaded by gum trees; growing in humus-rich, decomposed quartzite soils[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.60 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Acrotriche depressa is a plant of the semi-arid areas of southern Australia, growing in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range of 375 - 625mm[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
,
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
]. Very juicy[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
]. It is usually astringent raw, and is much better cooked[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
]. The fruit is borne in abundance, low-down on the main stems, and can be gathered in handfulls[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
]. The purple, fleshy, ovoid fruit is up to 10mm long by 7mm wide, containing a single, woody seed.

Flowers (nectar)[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. The native Aborigines sucked the flowers for their sweet nectar, or soaked the flowers in water to make a sweet drink, which was sometimes fermented into a weakly alcoholic brew[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - very slow to germinate, it has morphophysiological dormancy and complex germination requirements. It will probably benefit from stratification[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
]. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
In the wild the seed will often germinate after being several years in the soil[
1054
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported Vol. 61
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
USDA; Washington
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants and seed imported into the USA in late 1919. It often contains information about the plants.
].
From one seed collection, viability was measured at 65%.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2023-02-01. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Acrotriche+depressa>

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