Nature conservation

Threatened species

Mt Merino Waxberry - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Gaultheria viridicarpa subsp. merinoensis
Conservation status in NSW: Not listed
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 15 Jun 2020


Mt Merino Waxberry is a low shrub 20-70 cm tall, spreading to 1.5 metres across. It has smooth stems and branches, sometimes with a few bristles. Leaves are thick and leathery, 1.5-6 cm long and 6-20 mm wide with small-toothed margins. Single flowers appear during spring to early summer. Fruit are unknown. The Mt Merino Waxberry has smaller, broader leaves and smaller flowers than the Green Waxberry, which is a more southerly subspecies.


Restricted to Mount Merino in Limpinwood Nature Reserve on the NSW-Qld border

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in crevices and cliff faces in high altitude woodland.
  • Negatively impacted on by over shading.

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