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Prostanthera discolor - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Prostanthera discolor
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 07 Jan 2019


An open, erect shrub with a strong aroma and hairy branches, commonly growing 0.6 - 3 m high. Leaves are lanceolate to more or less oblong, 8 - 28 mm long, 1 - 5 mm wide, and the upper-surface of the leaves are dull dark green, while the lower surface is paler. Flowers are deep mauve to purple and dotted in throat.


Restricted to only a few localities from Bylong to the Baerami Valley within the Rylstone and Muswellbrook local government areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in dry sclerophyll forest in the side gullies of main creeklines, often on rocky or well-drained alluvial substrates.
  • Flowering usually occurs September to October and flowers are likely to be pollinated by insects.
  • Fire sensitive, with adults killed by fire and recruitment occurring from a soil seed bank.
  • Does not appear to reproduce vegetatively.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinKerrabee Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None