peachberry heath (Lissanthe strigosa subsp. subulata)

Size: 
a sprawling prickly ground cover to 20cm high
Form: 
Ground Cover
Natural Distribution: 
Widespread in Tasmania and south-east mainland Australia
Description: 

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.

Habitat Value:  

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?