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Threatened species

David's Westringia - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Westringia davidii
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 11 Feb 2019


David’s Westringia is a perennial shrub to 2 m tall. The leaves are oval in shape, 7 - 20 mm long, and arranged in whorls of three along the stems. Flowers form clusters of up to 12 and are white or mauve in colour. Individual flowers are in the form of a tube with five lobes forming two lips. Flowering can occur throughout the year.


David’s Westringia is endemic to rocky outcrops above 250 m in elevation in the coastal ranges to the west of Eden and Pambula in NSW.

Habitat and ecology

  • David’s Westringia is largely restricted to shallow organic loam soils fringing rocky outcrops.
  • This narrow niche is an ecotone between open forest dominated by Silvertop Ash (Eucalyptus sieberi) and the rocky outcrops which support a mosaic of shrubland, scattered herbs and shrubs and bare rock.
  • This shrub appears to be slow growing and long-lived.
  • The species probably only reproduces from seed and recruitment appears to be ongoing as the populations exhibit a broad age structure from seedlings through to mature plants. Populations appear to be dynamic and may be expanding or contracting depending upon local conditions of competition.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known South of Bega River