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Threatened species

Heath Wrinklewort - 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: Rutidosis heterogama
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


Heath Wrinklewort is in the daisy family, in a group sometimes called wrinkleworts. It is a small perennial herb to 30 cm tall, with a woody base bearing sparse upright, or sometimes horizontal, branches with upright shoots at the end. The stalkless leaves are very narrow, up to 3.5 cm long, with a rough feel and curved-back edges. The bright yellow daisy heads are up to 2 cm wide. There are six to eight rows of shiny and translucent golden-tawny scales on the lower part of the flower head.


Recorded from near Cessnock to Kurri Kurri with an outlying occurence at Howes Valley. On the Central Coast it is located north from Wyong to Newcastle. There are north coast populations between Wooli and Evans Head in Yuraygir and Bundjalung National Parks. It also occurs on the New England Tablelands from Torrington and Ashford south to Wandsworth south-west of Glen Innes.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in heath on sandy soils and moist areas in open forest, and has been recorded along disturbed roadsides.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Predicted None
New England TablelandsBeardy River Hills Predicted None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Hunter Predicted None
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Predicted None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None