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Mountain Trachymene - 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: Trachymene scapigera
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 20 Oct 2020


A robust herb that grows to the height of 50cm. White to pinkish flowers appear from December to march with the ripened small fruit appearing in April.


The species occurs at around four general locations between Jenolan caves and Gurnang State Forest on the Central Tablelands south east of Oberon. Among these locations, the species occurs in Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Associated vegetation across known sites varies from riparian tea-tree thickets to tall forest, to frost hollows and includes the following species: Leptospermum obovatum, Eucalyptus fastigata, E. dalrympleana, Acacia melanoxylon, E. stellulata, E. pauciflora, E. rubida.
  • Despite being perennial, above-ground parts of this herb die back over winter.
  • Over winter, the leaves turn brown and die with total foliage loss occurring for many patches around July.
  • By October, regrowth of the foliage has commenced and seedlings emerge.
  • Flowers from December until March, with seed dispersing in April. Seed viability declines precipitously after dispersal, with almost no viable seed remaining after 12 months.
  • Can reproduce clonally via rhizomes, often leading to the formation of dense mats or patches of plants.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern HighlandsKanangra Known None
South Eastern HighlandsOberon Known None