Nature conservation

Threatened species

Brush Sauropus - 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: Phyllanthus microcladus
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 13 Dec 2018


The Brush Sauropus is a small shrub to 35 cm tall, with stout main branches and small wedge-shaped or rounded leaves clustered on short, fine branchlets. The lower surface of the leaves is sometimes softly hairy and has a prominent midrib. Flowers are small and inconspicuous. The fruit is a round smooth capsule, about 3 mm long, and hangs on a long thin stalk. Until recently the Brush Sauropus was known as Sauropus albiflorus subsp. microcladus.


In NSW confined to a few locations in the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond and Wilson River Valleys with an outlying population near Grafton. Also occurs in south-east Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Usually found on banks of creeks and rivers, in streamside rainforest or dry rainforest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None