Nature conservation

Threatened species

Seaforth Mintbush - 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: Prostanthera marifolia
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 04 Jul 2008
Profile last updated: 12 Aug 2019


Prostanthera marifolia is an erect, straggly, openly branched shrub up to 0.3 m high. Its branches are sparsely hairy, the green leaves, which are slightly hairy, are faintly aromatic when crushed. The leaves are elliptical and approximately 8-12 mm long and 4-6 mm wide and may have one lobe on each side, rarely two. The midrib vein is prominent on the underside of the leaf. Prostanthera marifolia has lobed purple to mauve flowers that appear in spring. The flowers are tubed at the base, fanning out to lobed petals, and have short anthers. The flowers are slightly hairy and are approximately 7-10 mm long and appear close to the stem, just above the leaf. The seeds are slightly oval and cylindrical, and are approximately 1 mm long, 0.5-0.7 mm diameter.


Prostanthera marifolia is currently only known from the northern Sydney suburb of Seaforth and has a very highly restricted distribution within the Sydney Basin Bioregion. The single population is fragmented by urbanisation into three small sites. All known sites are within an area of 2x2 km. The sites are within the local government area of Northern Beaches Council.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in localised patches in or in close proximity to the endangered Duffys Forest ecological community.
  • Located on deeply weathered clay-loam soils associated with ironstone and scattered shale lenses, a soil type which only occurs on ridge tops and has been extensively urbanised.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanBatemans Shelf Predicted None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known South of Broken Bay