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Velleia perfoliata - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Velleia perfoliata
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 11 Sep 1998
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A small herb with light green, spoon-shaped leaves 10 - 12 cm long by 3 - 4 cm wide, radiating in a cluster from the base. It has fused leaf-like structures (bracteoles) that form a funnel below the flowering stalk which is up to 50 cm long. Flowers are yellow, 12 mm in length, with five petals, two pointing up and three down.


Only known from the Hawkesbury district and upper Hunter Valley.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in shallow depressions on Hawkesbury sandstone shelves, on rocky hill sides, under cliffs or on rocky/sandy soils along tracks and trails.
  • Occurs on fairly shallow soils of sandy loam texture.
  • Often found growing on moss and lichen mats formed on rock.
  • Flowering variable and can occur in any season, though peaking generally in spring to early summer.
  • Grows in heath and open forest over sandstone. Associated species include Angophora bakeri, Corymbia eximia, Backhousia myrtifolia, Eucalyptus sparsifolia, E. crebra, E. notabilis, Allocasuarina torulosa and Leptospermum attenuatum.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

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