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Threatened species

Trailing Woodruff - 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: Asperula asthenes
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 24 Jul 2019


Trailing Woodruff is a low, trailing perennial herb with leaves in whorls of four around the stem. It has tiny fragrant white star-shaped flowers followed by tiny two-lobed fruit, only 1 mm long.


This small herb occurs only in NSW. It is found in scattered locations from Bulahdelah north to near Kempsey, with several records from the Port Stephens / Wallis Lakes area / Forster (including Myall Lakes NP, New England NP, Wallingat NP and Darawnk NR).

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in damp sites, often along river banks.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None