Nature conservation

Threatened species

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Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Euphrasia bella
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 21 Nov 2018


This dwarf perennial herb grows erect or sprawling, to about 30 cm tall. It is a partial parasite on the roots of other plants. Short hairs cover the branchlets. The paired leaves are about 10 – 15 mm long and 3 – 5 mm wide, and have two or three large blunt teeth along each edge. The leaf-stalks are very short. Branching flower spikes hold 12 – 36 light-mauve to deep-blue flowers with a yellow blotch on the lower lip. The fruit is a ribbed capsule that splits to release many small seeds.


It occurs only on the McPherson Range, on Mount Merino in Limpinwood Nature Reserve.

Habitat and ecology

  • On the edge of cliffs near cool temperate rainforest with Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus moorei).
  • The environment is wet but well-drained.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known North of Kyogle and above 400 m altitude