Gaultheria hispida

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Gaultheria hispida
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Gaultheria hispida, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Gaultheria
Species: G. hispida
Binomial name
Gaultheria hispida

Gaultheria hispida, snow berry, is a shrub native to rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest, sub-alpine heath of Tasmania, Australia.

The leaves are slender, shiny, and 4–8 cm long. Fruits are white or pink, five lobed, and 8–10 mm wide.[1]


Aborigines ate the sour fruit, and colonists cooked them in tarts.


  1. ^ Low,T., Wild Food Plants of Australia, 1988. ISBN 0-207-16930-6