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Pink Velvet Bush - 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: Lasiopetalum behrii
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 16 Jul 2010
Profile last updated: 18 Oct 2022


Pink Velvet Bush is a shrub that is up to 1.5 m high, with narrow oblong leaves 4-9 cm long and 0.5-3 cm wide, which are hairless above and covered with rusty hairs below. Flowers with calyx lobes 5-8 mm long which are covered with white, star-shaped hairs on the outer surface, and petals 1-1.5 mm long and red-brown. The fruit capsule is 4-8 mm in diameter and is densely hairy.


Pink Velvet Bush is known in NSW from a single record made in 1997 on leashold land to the south east of Pooncarie in the far south western plains. The species is common in mallee areas of north western Victoria, with an outlier in the whipstick mallee near Bendigo. It is also widespread in south eastern South Australia.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in mallee and red dune and swale country. In Victoria recorded in Eucalyptus gracilis mallee woodland with an understorey of Acacia and Triodia, Halgania andromedifolia and Eutaxia microphylla, on deep sand.
  • In South Australia, associated species include Eucalyptus diversifolia, E. socialis, Melaleuca uncinata, Casuarina stricta and Prostanthera, Eremophila and Templetonia species.
  • Flowering period is late winter to spring.
  • Recorded as a single plant in NSW, however in interstate populations plants are frequent to very common.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Other StateVIC Known None