Nature conservation

Threatened species

Shiny-leaved Ebony - 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: Diospyros yandina
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 10 Jun 2016
Profile last updated: 20 Nov 2018


Shiny-leaved Ebony can be a small tree up to 6 m tall but most specimens are shrubs of about 3 m. The larger stems are black and slightly fissured, and the branchlets are dark with numerous warty lumps. Fine, silvery or rusty hairs cover the new shoots, the leaf stalks and the backs of the younger leaves. The shiny leaves are about 4 – 7 cm long, feel rather papery and have distinct wavy edges. The summer fruits are round, hairy and may be red, yellow or brownish.


In NSW this species is found only in Hogans Scrub at North Tumbulgum and on Mount Cougal, in the Tweed Valley. It also occurs in south-east Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • It grows in the understorey of riverine or lowland subtropical rainforest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None