Mittagong Geebung - 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: Persoonia glaucescens
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 13 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 22 Aug 2018


The Mittagong Geebung is an erect shrub that reaches up to 3 m tall. It has a mottled stem and brownish-red branches. Its leaves are erect and greyish-green and the young leaves are distinctively waxy. The yellow flowers are produced in the leaf axils and normally appear from late summer to autumn. The fruit resembles a small plum.


The Mittagong Geebung's historical distribution places the northern and eastern limit at Couridjah (Thirlmere Lakes), the southern limit at Fitzroy Falls and the western limit at High Range. However, recent surveys have indicated that the species no longer extends to Fitzroy Falls or Kangaloon and that the present southern limit is near Berrima. The northern limit appears to have contracted a few kilometres south to Buxton.

Habitat and ecology

  • The Mittagong Geebung grows in woodland to dry sclerophyll forest on clayey and gravely laterite. The preferred topography is ridge-tops, plateaux and upper slopes. Aspect does not appear to be a significant factor.
  • Within its habitat, P. glaucescens is generally rare and the populations are linear and fragmented. Under ideal circumstances, the species can be locally common, though such conditions are very rare.
  • Plants are killed by fire and recruitment is solely from seed.
  • Like most Persoonia species this species seems to benefit from the reduced competition and increased light available on disturbance margins including roadsides.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinMoss Vale Known None