Acaena microphylla

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Acaena microphylla Hook.

Rosaceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: elliptic

Division: imparipinnate

Shape: not specified
Fruit: nutlet

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Inflorescence: capituli

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rosanae
Ordo:
Rosales

Acaena microphylla is a perennial.

Naming

Acaena microphylla was described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1852. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Acaena microphylla is a species in the genus Acaena which contains approximately 31 to 60 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family).

Characteristics

Acaena microphylla - flowers

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

Acaena microphylla is evergreen. The brown, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are elliptic and have serrate margins. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Acaena microphylla produces capituli of white flowers from August to September.

The perennials produce red nutlets in winter. The surface of the fruits is prickly.

Root System

Distribution

Acaena microphylla is native to New Zealand.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • rockeries

Uses

Acaena microphylla is considered a valuable wild perennial. The recommended planting distance is 20 to 25 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of more than 15. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant, groundcover, container plant and as slope plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection from black frost.

Propagation

  • Sowing
  • Cuttings
  • Division


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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