peachberry heath (Lissanthe strigosa subsp. subulata)
Peachberry heath is found growing in dry forests and woodlands, suckering along the ground, forming a low-growing prickly thicket. It bears beautiful, delicate pink, bell-shaped flowers from September to October.
Aboriginal people ate its tiny succulent fruits, which resemble tiny peaches - hence the common name.
This prickly ground cover is a valuable shelter for skinks and a food source for insects, which visit to feed on the nectar.
(Photos: Fiona Rice and DPIPWE)
STUDENT INQUIRY QUESTION
Why do many plants have brightly coloured and/or sweet tasting berries?