Mountain Pepper

Mountain Pepper
Leaves of the Mountain Pepper, Tasmannia lanceolata.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

No recorded Aboriginal name

Botanical name: Tasmannia lanceolata
Family: Winteraceae


The unripe berries were used to relieve rashes and sores.


Mountain Pepper is found in cool wet habits from sea level to alpine areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. It grows in mountain gullies and mountainous areas in tall open forests, woodland, sclerophyll forests and coniferous shrubberies.


In cultivation this aromatic soft-timbered shrub or tree can grow up to 10 m tall but can be pruned to shape. It has separate male and female plants; it flowers from September to January and fruits ripen in March. It prefers fertile, moist, well-drained, lime-free sites and does best in partial shade.