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Threatened species

Polblue Eyebright - 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: Euphrasia ciliolata
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 18 Jan 2002
Profile last updated: 15 Jun 2020


Polblue Eyebright is an upright, much-branched herb up to 45 cm high. The branches bear four rows of short, white hairs. It dies after flowering and fruiting. The paired leaves are oval to narrowly oblong, and usually bear 1 to 3 pairs of teeth on their margins. The trumpet-shaped flowers are blue, deep purple or mauve with a white throat, and borne on the ends of branches in loose, lax spikes of 16 to 26 blossoms. Flowers appear in summer and autumn.


Polblue Eyebright is restricted to the northern tablelands of NSW. Major occurrences are on the Barrington Tops and Gloucester Tops in Barrington Tops NP, but the species also occurs in Werrikimbe NP, near Yarrowitch and in Nowendoc SF. An old collection from near Deepwater has not been relocated.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs on the edge of montane and sub-alpine swamps and on open grassy slopes bordering swamps, Snow Grass meadows, Snow Gum woodland, open boggy meadows amidst Black Sallee woodland, and in seasonally inundated upland grassland.
  • Flowers December to May.
  • Polblue Eyebright is an 'annual', ie each plant lives for one year and dies after flowering and fruit-set has finished. Some plants may merely die back to ground level, leaving the underground parts to resprout the following season. This annual 'disappearance' means that surveys for this plant must be confined to its flowering season.
  • Polblue Eyebright is partly parasitic upon other plants, such as Snow Grass, and may only be able to grow in close proximity to such host plants.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Predicted None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Predicted None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None