Granite Homoranthus - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Homoranthus prolixus
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 21 Nov 2018


Granite Homoranthus is a horizontally spreading shrub about 80 cm high with the ends of the branches growing upwards. The dull, blue-green leaves are paired on the stem, with successive pairs at right angles to each other, and 3 - 6 mm long and 0.5 - 1 mm wide, with a tapered tip. The red to yellow flowers are about 5 mm long and grow in the upper part of the branches, with one to six flowers on each branch. Homoranthus prolixus is characterised by the low spreading habit and short and more or less glaucous (dull blue green in colour with whitish bloom) leaves.


Occurs in scattered locations between Inverell and Manilla. This species is conserved in Ironbark Nature Reserve, Gwydir River National Park and Tingha Plateau and Goonoowigal State Conservation Areas west of Guyra.

Habitat and ecology

  • Flowers from October to November.
  • Homoranthus prolixus grows in heath patches, in skeletal soil among crevices of granite outcrops.
  • Likely to be highly fire-sensitive and intolerant to frequent fire disturbance.
  • Homoranthus prolixus has a localised distribution and may be the dominant shrub at some sites. Its abundance in populations ranges from frequent or common, to very locally abundant.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarInverell Basalts Known within 3k of Tingha sub-region boundary
NandewarPeel Predicted within 20k of Copeton Dam
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Known within 20k of Copeton Dam
New England TablelandsTingha Plateau Known None