Acrotriche divaricata is a prickly, spreading shrub that can be found
on the coast and ranges of Victoria, NSW and Queensland, however it is considered uncommon.
This could account for the fact that it does
not have a widely accepted common name.
Until quite recently
Acrotriche divaricate, along with other Australian or Southern Heath plants, was
classified as a member of the Epacridaceae family of plants.
Growing to 2m in height,
it can be found in sheltered places in woodland in sandy soil on sandstone. Its
leaves are dark green, flat, 2-3 cm long and with a sharp point. New growth is
reddish with leaves tightly packed together. It flowers from July to
August, however, the flowers are tiny, being only a few mm wide and long, appearing
along the stem in the leaf margins. Each flower has a greenish perianth tube protected
by rows of scale-like bracts and ending in 5 lobes with tufts of hairs at the
end of each lobe and in the throat of the tube. The
fruit is a small, edible, red drupe about 3 mm across.
Source - Katandra Bushland News (Autumn 2022 edition)