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Threatened species

Southern Fontainea - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Fontainea australis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 21 Nov 2018


Southern Fontainea is a shrub or small tree growing to 5 m tall, with separate male and female flowers. Its leaves are 6 – 9 cm long and elliptical, sometimes broader towards the tips, which have a long point, but the base is narrowly wedge-shaped. The flowers are small and white. Female flowers are borne in groups of one or two, and male flowers in small clusters. The red fleshy fruit is broadly egg-shaped, 2.3 cm in diameter, with three grooves near the tip.


Occurs at a few locations in the Richmond Valley and Tweed Valley in NSW north to Currumbin Valley and Springbrook National Park in southeast Queensland. 

Habitat and ecology

  • Southern Fontainea is found in lowland subtropical rainforest, usually on basaltic alluvial flats, and also in cooler subtropical rainforest in the Nightcap Range.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

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