Astroloma humifusum (Cav.) R.Br.

Native Cranberry

Mat-forming shrub with upright branches. Leaves narrow, linear to elliptic or oblanceolate, to about 2 cm long, 2.5 mm wide. Flowers solitary or occasionally 2-3, often concealed within the leaves, shades of red, all year. Floral tube 7-13 mm long; mostly winter to spring. Fruit 5-6 mm long, succulent.

WA, SA, NSW, Vic, Tas.

Grows naturally in dry sclerophyll forest or mallee scrub, often on sloping ground.

Early settlers used fruit as berry in jams and preserves, sometimes in pies (hence common name) but pip large.

Mat-forming shrub; leaves flat; fruit to 6 mm long.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Epacridaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
genus        Astroloma R.Br.