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Hibbertia puberula - 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: Hibbertia puberula
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 12 Sep 2003
Profile last updated: 29 Jul 2019


Shrublets with few spreading but ultimately wiry branches up to 30 cm long, sparsely branched, pubescent, often becoming hairless. Leaves oblong-lanceolate to almost linear, 3 - 6 mm long, 0.8 - 1.4 mm wide, acute, sometimes becoming obtuse, abruptly constricted into petiole. Flowers yellow, single or rarely in a cluster of up to three. Outer calyx lanceolate to ovate with strongly recurved margins and a distinctly raised central ridge near the apex, strigose or hirsute to rarely puberulous. Inner calyx broadly elliptic to oblong ovate, with innermost two acute to - cuspidate  above broad membranous margins, hirsute to strigose, rarely pubescent along the central ridge, becoming smaller to glabrous towards the margins. Stamens (9-)10-14(-18), with anthers 1.3-2.1mm long. 


Recent work on this species (Toelken & Miller 2012) and its relatives have shown it to be widespread, but never common. It extends from Wollemi National Park south to Morton National Park and the south coast near Nowra. Early records of this species are from the Hawkesbury River area and Frenchs Forest in northern Sydney, South Coogee in eastern Sydney, the Hacking River area in southern Sydney, and the Blue Mountains. It favours low heath on sandy soils or rarely in clay, with or without rocks underneath (Toelken & Miller 2012).

Habitat and ecology

  • Flowering time is October to December, sometimes into January.
  • Occurs on sandy soil often associated with sandstone, or on clay.
  • Habitats are typically dry sclerophyll woodland communities, although heaths are also occupied. One of the recently (2012) described subspecies also favours upland swamps.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Predicted None
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinEttrema Known None
Sydney BasinJervis Known None
Sydney BasinMoss Vale Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None