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Threatened species

Harnieria hygrophiloides - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Harnieria hygrophiloides
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


Harnieria hygrophiloides is a large herb or small shrub that grows to about 1.5 m in height. It is bushy in well-lit situations but may be spindly when growing in shade. The leaves are about 2 – 10 cm long, and occur in pairs, with successive pairs of leaves being held at right angles to each other. Crushed leaves have a slightly unpleasant smell. The summer flowers are white, without stalks, and there are five green sepals (petal-like structures) behind the petals. Fruit capsules are slender and about 6 – 8 mm long. The species was formerly known as Calaphanoides hygrophiloides.


Though relatively widespread in eastern Queensland, this plant is rarely seen in NSW. It has been recorded only at Hortons Creek and two other places south of Nymboida, and at Brunswick Heads.

Habitat and ecology

  • The understorey of littoral rainforest, dry rainforest and wet eucalypt forest, usually in well-drained areas.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known South east of Dalmorton
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known Within 5 km of Brunswick Heads township
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Predicted South of the Nymboida township
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted Within 5 km of Brunswick Heads township