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Threatened species

Sweet Myrtle - 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: Gossia fragrantissima
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


Sweet Myrtle (formerly Austromyrtus fragrantissima) is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, about 4 –10 m tall. The bark is rough, brown and fissured to flaky. Its small, glossy leaves usually have a tiny point at the apex and are paired on the stem. New leaves are shiny and reddish. The flowers are small, white and fragrant and are followed by small, round, yellow to orange berries.


Occurs in south-east Queensland and in north-east NSW south to the Richmond River. Mostly found on basalt-derived soils.

Habitat and ecology

  • Dry subtropical and riverine rainforest.
  • As it can coppice from roots left in the ground when rainforest is cleared, it is found at several sites as isolated plants in paddocks or regrowth.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known North of Evans Head
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None