Nature conservation

Threatened species

Villous Mint-bush - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Prostanthera densa
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 10 Sep 2019


Villous Mintbush is an erect mint-smelling shrub to 2 m tall, though in the southern part of its range it is rarely more than 1 m tall. Branches and leaves are covered with long, spreading hairs. The leaves are in pairs and almost triangular in shape, to 15 mm long and 12 mm wide. They are dark green above and paler below, with curled-under edges. The tubular flowers are mauve with orange markings and grow in the angles where the leaves meet the stems. Flowering has been observed throughout the year, but occurs chiefly in spring or from May - December.


This species has been recorded from the Currarong area in Jervis Bay, Royal National Park (Marley), Cronulla, Helensburgh and Port Stephens (Nelson Bay). The Sydney and Royal National Park populations were thought possibly extinct, but the species is now known to occur at Bass and Flinders Point in Cronulla.

Habitat and ecology

  • Prostanthera densa generally grows in sclerophyll forest and shrubland on coastal headlands and near coastal ranges, chiefly on sandstone, and rocky slopes near the sea.
  • Plants regenerate from rootstock after fire and flower within the first year or two.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
OceanBatemans Shelf Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Predicted Within 5 km of coast
Sydney BasinJervis Known Within 5 km of coast
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None