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Tenterfield Eyebright - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Euphrasia orthocheila subsp. peraspera
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 13 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 20 Aug 2018


Tenterfield Eyebright is an upright, much-branched herb up to 60 cm high. The plant is covered in short, white hairs and dies after flowering and fruiting. The paired leaves are narrow and spear-shaped, and usually bear 1 or 2 pairs of teeth on their margins. The trumpet-shaped flowers are yellow and borne on the ends of branches in loose spikes of 15 to 40. Flowers appear in late spring to early summer.


Probably extinct throughout much of its former range, this subspecies has been recorded from Dorrigo to Tenterfield and west to Torrington, although most records are very old. Currently only known from two swamps in the Tenterfield area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Little is known about the habitat and ecology of this subspecies. Recorded from 'moist open situations' such as swamps.
  • Flowering generally from November to December.
  • Tenterfield 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.
  • Tenterfield Eyebright is partly parasitic upon other plants 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 TablelandsBinghi Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None