Botanical Name: Acrotriche serrulata
Common Names: Honeypots
Habitat:Acrotriche serrulata is native to Australia – New South Wales. It grows on dry sclerophyll forests on sandy soil and loam over sandstone, basalt or granite, at elevations from 800 – 1,300 metres.
Acrotriche serrulata is a shrub growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is prostrate (growing along the ground.) The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
The leaves are small, narrow and taper to a point, they have parallel veins. The flowers and fruit are hidden under the branches.
The flowers (the pots of honey) are held close to the ground and are ant-pollinated.
When not in flower, Spiky Guinea-flower (Hibbertia exutiacies) and Cranberry Heath can be confused with Honeypots. Leaves of Guinea Flowers do not have parallel veins, and the leaves are not flat – the leaves are rolled backwards. The leaves of Cranberry Heath are wider, usually have a blue tinge, taper to an extended point, and are usually minutely toothed.
In the Lauriston bushland Honeypots sometimes grows to a small shrub.
Seed – we have no information for this speices, but the seed is likely to benefit from scarification. 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.
Fruits are eeaten raw. The succulent, greyish-green, globose fruit is 3 – 5mm in diameter. The fruits are sometimes harvested from the wild as a food.
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