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Threatened species

Cotoneaster Pomaderris - 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: Pomaderris cotoneaster
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 17 Aug 2018


Cotoneaster Pomaderris is a shrub growing to 4 m tall. Its young stems have a covering of short, white, star-shaped hairs. Its leaves are elliptical, to 30 mm long and 15 mm wide with a tip that is sometimes indented (thus resembling the horticultural Cotoneaster, to which it is not related). The upper surface of the leaf is bristly and the lower surface has a fine white mat of star-shaped hairs. Its petal-less flowers are cream-coloured. Flowering occurs between October and November.


Cotoneaster Pomaderris has a very disjunct distribution, being known from the Nungatta area, northern Kosciuszko National Park (near Tumut), the Tantawangalo area in South-East Forests National Park and adjoining freehold land, Badgery’s Lookout near Tallong, Bungonia State Conservation Area, the Yerranderie area, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, the Canyonleigh area and Ettrema Gorge in Morton National Park. The species has also been recorded along the Genoa River in Victoria.

Habitat and ecology

  • Cotoneaster Pomaderris has been recorded in a range of habitats in predominantly forested country. The habitats include forest with deep, friable soil, amongst rock beside a creek, on rocky forested slopes and in steep gullies between sandstone cliffs.
  • Little is known about the ecology of the species. It is probably killed by fire but plants have been observed to re-sprout from the stem following death of the crown from apparent drought.
  • Populations tend to be isolated and range in size from a few individuals to many hundreds.
  • Populations are not apparently influenced by local variations in habitat - it is not obvious why they are only growing where they are.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Predicted East of Tumut
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBondo Known South of northern Kosciuszko National Park boundary
South Eastern HighlandsBungonia Known None
South Eastern HighlandsKanangra Known None
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known None
Sydney BasinEttrema Known None