Coveny's Zieria - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Zieria covenyi
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A strongly aromatic erect branching shrub to 2 m high (but often much smaller), proliferating from root suckers, with star-shaped hairs on branches. Leaves consist of 3 leaflets and are dark green and dotted with oil glands above and grey-green and softly hairy below. The central leaflet may be oblong to elliptic or ovate and is 25 - 35 mm long and to 10 mm wide. Inflorescences usually about as long as leaves, 3 - 21 flowered. Flowers vary from white to pink and have 4 petals. Fruit never observed.


Has been recorded from only one location, Narrow Neck Peninsula within Blue Mountains National Park, south-west of Katoomba in the Central Blue Mountains. Two populations on Narrow Neck Peninsula have been detected, several kilometres apart. Both consist of approximately 100 and 170 individual stems.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in open sclerophyll forest dominated by Eucalyptus sieberi. The species occurs on gentle east and south-facing slopes and on ridges in shallow sandy soil.
  • Flowers September to December.
  • Completely pollen sterile and produces no fruit or seed. Reproduces vegetatively by root suckering. The taxon probably arose following hybridisation between two other Zieria taxa.
  • Likely to be fire tolerant and able to resprout following fire from root suckers.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known None