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Threatened species

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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: Calotis moorei
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 18 Aug 2022


An erect perennial herb to 45 cm tall. There are no basal leaves (rosette). The stem leaves are usually spoon-shaped, hairy, to 7 cm long, 2 - 14 mm wide, and with coarsely toothed or lobed margins. The leaves are stemless, with the upper leaves narrower and often entire. The flower-heads are 6 - 9 mm in diameter, and borne singly at the ends of the flower-stems. The heads have yellow rays ("petals"), 4.5 - 5.8 mm long. The seeds ("achenes") are 1.3 - 2.2 mm long, warty, hairless and wingless, and are topped with three to eight barbed bristles.


The species is confined to NSW and is known from only four populations in NSW, the type locality north-west of Louth near the homestead of Mt Mulyan sheep station, west of Wilcannia, around the Menindee area and an old record at Zara Station near Deniliquin.

Habitat and ecology

  • The species grows in sandy soil on flats, low dunes and small hills and appears to be associated with Acacia woodlands and chenopod shrublands.
  • At Mt Mulyah, Calotis moorei grows in an area cleared of original Acacia cambagei woodland and subsequently invaded by Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima which repressed the growth of herbaceous species.
  • Apparently a perennial that flowers in the first year of growth; no plants have been observed to survive for more than two years at the Mt Mulyah site; flowering is recorded for September and fruit have been collected in October.
  • No regeneration of this species has been seen at Mt Mulyah since 1984.
  • Calotis moorei can often be found with other Calotis species such as C. cymbacantha and C. erinacea and are very similar morphologically. The main identifying feature is the number of awns on the fruit with C. moorei having greater than four.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Known None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Known None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Predicted None
RiverinaMurrumbidgee Predicted None