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Threatened species

Milky Silkpod - 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: Parsonsia dorrigoensis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 14 Jun 2020


Milky Silkpod is a slender, trailing climber that grows to 5 m long. Plants exudes a milky sap if cut. The leaves vary from narrow to broad, are 4 - 12 cm long, have a fine point and have green to purplish undersides. There are no glands at the base of the leaf-blade. Clusters of white or yellowish, tubular flowers are produced in summer, followed by narrow capsules (up to 7 cm long) that split lengthwise to release many seeds, each bearing a tuft of long, silky hairs.


Milky Silkpod is found only within NSW, with scattered populations in the north coast region between Kendall and Woolgoolga.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in subtropical and warm-temperature rainforest, on rainforest margins, and in moist eucalypt forest up to 800 m, on brown clay soils.
  • Flowers in summer.
  • Little is known of the species' reproductive biology.
  • Appears to be able to withstand, and maybe even favour, light to moderate physical disturbance.
  • Has a well developed root stock, suggesting it may re-sprout after fire.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None