Ruth has looked after today’s write-up:
This little creeper, commonly known as carpet heath, has hard and tough leaves that are tiny in size: a maximum of 5 mm long by 2 mm wide. The flowers are white in colour and honey-scented. The fruits are berry-like, enveloping five or more small nutlets, and take two seasons to ripen. Pentachondra pumila‘s preferred habitat is referred to as a cushion bog, but other habitats it may be found in include sod-tussock grasslands and alpine herb-fields.
Pentachondra pumila is found in Australia and New Zealand. If researching Pentachondra online, you’ll find that it and its close southern hemisphere cousins are sometimes placed in the Epacridaceae. However, recent molecular evidence reveals that the Epacridaceae should be sunk into the Ericaceae, and this is reflected in modern taxonomic treatments.