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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: Ozothamnus vagans
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 21 Dec 2012
Profile last updated: 21 Nov 2018


A straggling, spindly shrub up to 2 m high. Branches are prominently ridged, hairless or with loose webby hairs on young growth. Leaves are lance-shaped, 15–50 mm long and 3–5 mm wide, rarely to 100 mm long and 15 mm wide, with slightly backward-curved margins. The leaf has a stalk 1-1.5 mm long and a blade with 3 longitudinal veins prominent on both surfaces.  The upper surface is dark green and the lower surface is pale green with a covering of short woolly hairs. Flower heads occur in small terminal panicles. Heads are bell-shaped, 2–3 mm long and 2–3 mm in diameter. Pale golden bracts surround the flower heads. Flower heads consist of 12–14 individual florets with 6 outer female florets. 


Restricted to Mt Warning and the Tweed and McPherson Ranges of north east NSW and south east Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Mostly recorded from open situations on the margins of, or within, wet sclerophyll forest, subtropical rainforest and cool temperate rainforest.
  • Ozothamnus vagans is generally associated with rhyolite or basalt soils and occurs at elevations of greater than 500 m.
  • The species prefers areas of disturbance and grows in sunny locationson escarpment edges, in large gaps in the rainforest, and along roadsides.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Predicted None