Narrow-leaved Bertya - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Bertya ingramii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 29 Jul 2014


Medium-sized shrub to 2.5m tall with a grey to white covering of star shaped hairs on the stems. The leaves are straight, 10 - 50 mm long and 1 - 5 mm wide, with a rough upper surface and a densely hairy underside. The leaves are alternate in a spiral pattern along the stem. The species has separate male and female flowers which look quite different but grow on the same plant. The flowers have a very short stalk or no stalk and six to seven modified leaves at the base, the outer ones being narrow, thick and very hairy. Flowering occurs from August to November. The seed capsule is 7.5-10mm long and approximately 3.5mm wide with one or sometimes two seeds.


Occurs only on the New England Tablelands of NSW. Was previously known only from two small populations in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park but was historically more widespread on the Tablelands. A third population was discovered in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in 2006.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows among rocks or in thin soils close to cliff-edges in dry woodland with she-oaks, wattles and tea-trees.
  • Male and female flowers occur on the same plant. Female flowers have about 8 weeks of intermittent synchrony with male flowers. Flowers from August to November.
  • Capable of self polination, although fruit set is higher when outcrossed pollination occurs. Seed viability is high but seedling establishment is low.
  • Individuals can live in excess of 20 years.
  • Native ants move close to 100% of seeds to their nests.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Northern RiversArmidale Plateau Known None
Northern RiversMacleay Gorges Predicted None
Northern RiversWalcha Plateau Known None