Nature conservation

Threatened species

Monaro Golden Daisy - 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: Rutidosis leiolepis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 17 Aug 2018


The Monaro Golden Daisy is a low, tufted perennial with a woody root-stock. Leaves are dark green, woolly underneath, to about 10 cm long and 3 mm wide. The solitary, slightly domed flower-heads are 15 mm across, and occur on numerous 25 cm tall woolly stems. The stems bear a few small leaves. Flower-heads are conspicuous and bright yellow, and surrounded by pale brown, translucent, papery bracts. Flowers appear in summer.


The Monaro Golden Daisy is found in scattered populations on the Monaro, and in low subalpine plains of Kosciuszko National Park (eg. Long Plain and Happy Jacks Plain).

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in Natural Temperate Grassland on the Monaro.
  • Occurs in sub-alpine grasslands in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Grows on basalt, granite and sedimentary substrates.
  • Apparently highly susceptible to grazing, being retained in only a small number of populations on roadsides, un-grazed reserves and very lightly grazed pastures on private lands.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMonaro Known None