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Michelago Parrot-pea - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Dillwynia glaucula
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 23 Jul 1999
Profile last updated: 30 Aug 2021


Michelago Parrot-pea is an erect shrub to 2.5 m tall. Its leaves are up to 7 mm long and very narrow; they are hairless, becoming bluish-green with age. The yellow and red pea-like flowers are borne singly in the axils of the leaves and are clustered towards the ends of the branchlets. The base (calyx) of the flower is up to 6 mm long, with lobes at the top that are shorter than the tube. The fruits are reddish-brown pods to 5.5 mm long and 4 mm wide, and white-hairy towards the tip.


Michelago Parrot-pea is recorded from five areas on the NSW Southern Tablelands: near Windellama, where the species is locally abundant, near Mongarlowe, in Nadgigomar Nature Reserve near Braidwood, north-east of Michelago and at Numeralla. There is potential habitat between the known sites.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs on exposed patches of clay or on rocky outcrops in eucalypt woodland often dominated by Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus rossii), Snow Gum (E. pauciflora), Broad-leafed Peppermint (E.dives) and Red Stringybark (E. macrorhyncha).
  • The understorey may be either grassy or shrubby.
  • Grows adjacent to Natural Temperate Grassland in the Michelago area.
  • Probably killed by fire and regeneration would be from seed stimulated to germinate by the cracking of the seed coat by fire or by physical abrasion.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern HighlandsBungonia Known None
South Eastern HighlandsKybeyan-Gourock Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMonaro Known None