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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Ericales

Familia: Ericaceae
Subfamilia: Epacridoideae
Tribus: Archerieae
Genus: Archeria
Species: A. comberi – A. eriocarpa – A. hirtella – A. racemosa – A. serpyllifolia – A. traversii

Archeria Hook.f., Fl. Tasmaniae 1: 262. t. 80, 81. 1857.
Type species: Archeria hirtella (Hook.f.) Hook.f., vide Crayn & al. (2014)

Primary references

Hooker, J.D. 1855–1857. The botany of the Antarctic voyage [...]. Part 3. Flora Tasmaniae. Vol. 1. (p. 1–80, 1855; p. 81–240 1856; p. 241–359, 1857). London: L. Reeve. BHL Reference page. : 1(4): 262. t. 80, 81.

Additional references

Crayn, D.M., Kron, K.A. & Potter, B.C.M. 2014. Typification of some names in Epacridoideae (Ericaceae). Telopea 17: 319–321. DOI: 10.7751/telopea20147924 [nonfunctional] Broken access BHL PDF Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2020. Archeria. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Apr 21. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Archeria in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Apr 21. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Archeria. Published online. Accessed: Apr 21 2020. 2020. Archeria. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 21 Apr 2020.

Archeria is a small genus of shrubs in the family Ericaceae. As currently circumscribed the group includes six species, all native to southern Australasia. Four of these are endemic to Tasmania, and the other two endemic to New Zealand.[1]

It does not contain any economically important taxa, but due to their attractive small tubular flowers, reticulate leaf venation, and limited distribution, the shrubs have a long history of being admired by Australasian naturalists.


Archeria comberi Melville (Tasmania)
Archeria eriocarpa Hook.f. (Tasmania)
Archeria hirtella (Hook.f.) Hook.f. (Tasmania)
Archeria racemosa Hook.f. (New Zealand)
Archeria serpyllifolia Hook.f. (Tasmania)
Archeria traversii (Hook.f.) Mueller (New Zealand)


Archeria can be found scattered throughout south, west, north and central Tasmania, but is largely absent from the east.[2] In New Zealand the distribution is highly disjunct, with A. racemosa being found only in the northern North Island, and A. traversii being scattered locally throughout the South Island and Stewart Island.[3]

Like most ericads, Archeria species are largely found on acidic soils. They grow at lowland to montane altitudes, although A. comberi and A. hirtella reach the sub-alpine in parts of their range. Five of the six species are found rather locally throughout shrublands and forests, while A.comberi is found in heaths, sedgelands, and wetlands.

Habit The six species of Archeria are all self-supporting shrubs with dark coloured bark. Leaves They have simple, alternately arranged glabrous leaves, with margins that are entire or serrulate. The leaves are unique within the Styphelioideae, being the only genus in the group to have reticulate venation.[4] Inflorescence The flowers are pedicellate, and either in short terminal racemes or solitary and axillary towards the ends of the branches. Flowers and Fruits Flowers are 5-merous, with bracts and bracteoles that are often small and caducous. The ovary is deeply 5-lobed, with the style deeply inserted, nearly to the base. Capsules are loculicidally dehiscent, with many seeds, on basal or sub-basal placentae.[1][3]
Evolutionary history

Based on morphology, and chloroplastic matK and rbcL DNA sequence data, Archeria is found to be nested within the subfamily Styphelioideae of the Ericaceae. The genus is sister to the rest of the subfamily, except for the tribe Prionoteae, which is sister to the rest of the subfamily and Archeria.[5] It is regarded as distinct enough, both in terms of morphological and molecular data, to warrant monotypic status within its own tribe, the Archerieae.[1]

The genus was named by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1844 after the nineteenth century Tasmanian botanist William Archer.[3][6]

Crayn, D.M., Quinn, C.J. 1998. Archerieae: a New Tribe in the Epacridaceae. Australian Systematic Botany 11: 23-34.
Atlas of Living Australia. Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Archeria Hook. f. Searched October, 2011.
Allan, H.H. 1961. Flora of New Zealand. Volume I: Indigenous Tracheophyta - Psilopsida, Lycopsida, Filicopsida, Gymnospermae, Dicotyledons. Government Printer, Wellington.
Watson, L. 1962. The taxonomic significance of stomatal distribution and morphology in Epacridaceae. New Phytologist 61: 36-40.
Kron, K.A., Judd, W.S., Stevens, P.F., Crayn, D.M., Anderberg, A.A., Gadek, P.A., Quinn, C.J., Luteyn, J.L. 2002. Phylogenetic classification of Ericaceae: molecular and morphological evidence. Botanical Review 68: 335-423.
Eagle, A. 2006. Eagle's Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand. Te Papa Press, Wellington.

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