Homoranthus darwinioides - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Homoranthus darwinioides
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


Slender hairless shrub, characterised by its distinctive drooping flower heads, each consisting of two flowers on a stalk. Leaves are linear, cylindrical, 2-5 mm long in some populations, 6-11 mm long in others.


Rare in the central tablelands and western slopes of NSW, occurring from Putty to the Dubbo district. It is found west of Muswellbrook between Merriwa and Bylong, and north of Muswellbrook to Goonoo SCA. The species has been collected from Lee’s Pinch, but not relocated at its original locality north of Mt Coricudgy above the headwaters of Widden Brook.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in in various woodland habitats with shrubby understoreys, usually in gravely sandy soils. Landforms the species has been recorded growing on include flat sunny ridge tops with scrubby woodland, sloping ridges, gentle south-facing slopes, and a slight depression on a roadside with loamy sand.
  • Associated species include Callitris endlicheri, Eucalyptus crebra, E. fibrosa, C. trachyphloia, E. beyeri subsp. illaquens, E. dwyeri, E. rossii, Leptospermum divaricatum, Melaleuca uncinata, Calytrix tetragona, Allocasuarina spp. and Micromyrtus spp.
  • Flowers in spring or from March to December.
  • The species has been cultivated in Sydney from Rylstone cuttings and at Burrendong Arboretum near Wellington.
  • Forms small shrubs or shrublets, often in tangled masses. It has a localised distribution and may be the dominant undershrub at some sites. Its abundance in populations ranges from rare (only one plant at site) to locally very abundant.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthTalbragar Valley Known None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Predicted None
Sydney BasinKerrabee Known None