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Threatened species

Persoonia laxa - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Persoonia laxa
Conservation status in NSW: Extinct
Commonwealth status: Extinct
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


Persoonia laxa was a ground-dwelling shrub with smooth bark. The stems were greyish with hairs that curved forward and upward and were flattened against the stem.

The young branchlets were sparsely hairy.

Leaves were linear, 0.8–1.5 cm long, 1–1.8 mm wide, flat, with recurved margins, sparsely hairy when immature, glabrescent when mature and smooth.

Inflorescences were usually growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers were mostly subtended by leaves. Pedicels were 6–8 mm long, spreading to recurved and glabrous. Tepals were 8–9 mm long, apiculate and glabrous. The ovary was glabrous.


Persoonia laxa was collected at Manly and Newport in NSW 1907 and 1908. It is now presumed to be extinct.

Habitat and ecology

  • Persoonia laxa presumably grew in heath or dry sclerophyll eucalypt woodland, or forest on sandstone, or in coastal sand
  • It flowered in summer between November and January. There are no records of its fruit or the conditions necessary for flowering


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