Callistemon pungens - 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: Callistemon pungens
Conservation status in NSW: Not listed
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 18 Feb 2019


Callistemon pungens is a distinct shrub or small tree ranging from 2-5 m tall. The leaves are 2-3 cm long with a pungent tip 1-2 mm long. The flower spike is 5-6 cm long and 2.5-4.5 cm in diameter. The species is characterised by its purple stamens and small, pungent leaves.


In NSW the species occurs from near Inverell to the eastern escarpment in New England National Park. It also occurs in the northern tablelands of south-eastern Queensland, mainly in the Stanthorpe area. Recorded in a number of national parks and nature reserves in NSW and Queensland including Warrabah, Kings Plains, Oxley Wild Rivers and Single National Parks and Severn River, Ironbark and Mann River Nature Reserves. Also known from Torrington State Recreation Area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Habitats range from riparian areas dominated by Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana to woodland and rocky shrubland.
  • Often in rocky watercourses, usually with sandy granite (occasionally basalt) creek beds
  • Flowers over spring and summer, mostly in November.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Predicted None
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsBundarra Downs Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Known None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsTingha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastCarrai Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastCataract Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Predicted None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None