Nature conservation

Threatened species

Bredbo Gentian - 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: Gentiana bredboensis
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 11 Dec 2009
Profile last updated: 15 Feb 2021


Bredbo Gentian is an annual herb growing to only 10 cm tall, usually with several stems branching from near the base of the plant. Single small bell-shaped flowers are produced at the ends of the stems between September and December. The very pale blue to pure white flowers only open in periods of sunshine. 


The species is presently known only from a single population of less than 270 plants on private land near Jerangle (east of Bredbo).

Habitat and ecology

  • Bredbo Gentian grows in seepage areas in short herbfield communities in open areas amongst tea-tree.
  • It is an annual herb often growing on Sphagnum moss.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern HighlandsKybeyan-Gourock Known Within 15 km of Jerangle