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Threatened species

Lespedeza juncea subsp. sericea in the Wollongong Local Government Area - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Lespedeza juncea subsp. sericea - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 15 Jun 2001
Profile last updated: 22 Oct 2020


An erect or spreading perennial subshrub, 60 to 120 cm high. Leaves alternate, 3-foliate, with narrow leaflets, 7 - 25 mm long. Pink-purple pea flowers borne singularly, or in clusters of up to seven. Fruit a small pod to 3 mm long.


This endangered population occurs south of Dapto in the Wollongong local government area. The population is disjunct from the other (non-endangered) populations of the species in NSW, which occur in western Sydney, the far South Coast and the Southern Tablelands.

Habitat and ecology

  • Known from just one roadside population of approximately 200 plants.
  • Located in a small strip of open forest dominated by Eucalyptus tereticornis (Forest Red Gum), E. longifolia (Woollybutt), and Melaleuca decora (White Feather Honeymyrtle), on Budgong Sandstone.
  • Also originally recorded in Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuyu) grassland directly across the road from this site. This grassland was subsequently cleared and the species has not regenerated.
  • Prefers full sun to light shade.
  • Flowers between February and March.
  • Has a long-lived seed and a soil stored seedbank
  • It is capable of resprouting in response to fire and flowering the following season.
  • Germination is reportedly triggered by fire.
  • It is suspected that frequent fire will lead to a decline in plant numbers, while infrequent fire may lead to local extinctions.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinIllawarra Known Wollongong LGA