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Threatened species

Hairy 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 hirsuta
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 12 Jun 1998
Profile last updated: 17 Sep 2019


The Hairy Geebung is best distinguished by its hairiness - long coarse hairs on flowers and branchlets and short stiff ones on the leaves. It is a spreading shrub with small leaves of variable shape. They are from 6 - 12 mm long, from oblong to narrow in shape and crowded along the stems; they are curled under at the edges. Groups of flowers grow into a leafy shoot. The tubular flowers are yellow or orange and about 1 cm long and also hairy. There are two subspecies - both are considered to be endangered.


Persoonia hirsuta has a scattered distribution around Sydney. The species is distributed from Singleton in the north, along the east coast to Bargo in the south and the Blue Mountains to the west. Persoonia hirsuta has a large area of occurrence, but occurs in small populations, increasing the species' fragmentation in the landscape.

Habitat and ecology

  • The Hairy Geebung is found in sandy soils in dry sclerophyll open forest, woodland and heath on sandstone.
  • It is usually present as isolated individuals or very small populations.
  • It is probably killed by fire (as other Persoonia species are) but will regenerate from seed.

Regional distribution and habitat

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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 BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None