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Threatened species

Yellow Satinheart - 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: Bosistoa transversa
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 29 Aug 2018


A crooked tree up to 22 m tall with a dense dark-green crown. The broad, leathery leaves are heart-shaped at the base and paired on the stem. The lower leaf surface is paler green than the upper surface, and has prominent veins. The small white flowers are borne in loose clusters at or near the tips of the branches. The fruits are hard, ribbed and egg-shaped with a flattened end, and contain a single kidney-shaped seed. Heart-leaved Bonewood (Bosistoa selwynii) is now considered to possibly belong to the same species as Yellow Satinheart (Bosistoa transversa).


From Maryborough in Queensland south to the Nightcap Range north of Lismore in north-east NSW.

Habitat and ecology

  • Three-leaved Bosistoa grows in wet sclerophyll forest, dry sclerophyll forest and rainforest including highly disturbed habitat up to 300 m in altitude.
  • Flowering occurs from January to May.
  • Ripe fruits are present from May to November.

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
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None