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Moonee Quassia - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Quassia sp. Moonee Creek
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


Moonee Quassia is a slender or bushy shrub growing to about 1.5 m tall. Its stems are often kinked, showing periodic halts to growth. Its tough leaves are very narrow, about 10 cm long, and arranged alternately along the stems. They are glossy dark green above and paler below, with numerous veins at a wide angle to the midrib. Flowers are small and green tinged reddish, developing into distinctive finely hairy fruits made up of one to five radiating segments which are red when mature. Moonee Quassia is also known as Quassia sp. B.


Scattered distribution from the Moonee Creek area north of Coffs Harbour to north-east of Grafton.

Habitat and ecology

  • Shrubby layer below tall moist eucalypt forest and tall dry eucalypt forest, including forest edges, mostly at lower altitudes.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None