Nature conservation

Threatened species

Green Waxberry - 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: Gaultheria viridicarpa subsp. viridicarpa
Conservation status in NSW: Not listed
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 15 Jun 2020


Green Waxberry is a low shrub 20 -70 cm tall, often spreading to 1.5 m in diameter, with thick leathery leaves. It has smooth hairless stems and branches, sometimes with a few bristles. The leaves are 1.5 - 6 cm long and 6 - 20 mm wide, with small teeth and a pointed or rounded tip. It has single flowers appearing during spring to early summer which form a fleshy, firm green berry 5 mm wide.


Restricted to NSW where it is found in the Point Lookout-Majors Point area east of Armidale on the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands. It is reserved in New England National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Green Waxberry grows in mountainous woodland in crevices of basalt or sandstone rocks or on cliff faces.
  • It may also occur adjacent to Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus moorei) cool temperate rainforest.

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