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Threatened species

Magenta Lilly Pilly - 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: Syzygium paniculatum
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 31 Jul 2009
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2019


The Magenta Lilly Pilly is a small to medium sized rainforest tree that grows to 8 m tall. The bark is flaky and the leaves are shiny, dark-green above and paler underneath. Leaves can be up to 10 cm long. Plants produce white flower-clusters at the end of each branch, between November and February. The petals are small and are accompanied by prominent long stamens. The deep magenta fruits, which may be spherical or egg-shaped, mature in May, and contain a single seed.


The Magenta Lilly Pilly is found only in NSW, in a narrow, linear coastal strip from Upper Lansdowne to Conjola State Forest.

Habitat and ecology

  • On the south coast the Magenta Lilly Pilly occurs on grey soils over sandstone, restricted mainly to remnant stands of littoral (coastal) rainforest.
  • On the central coast Magenta Lilly Pilly occurs on gravels, sands, silts and clays in riverside gallery rainforests and remnant littoral rainforest communities.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinHunter Known None
Sydney BasinIllawarra Known None
Sydney BasinJervis Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None