Headland Zieria - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Zieria prostrata
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


The Headland Zieria is a prostrate shrub forming mats about 0.5 m in diameter. The branches are ridged but not warted as in some other Zieria species. The leaves are paired and divided into three narrow-oval leaflets, all with blunt ends and the central one longer than the others. Both leaf-surfaces are of similar colour and are dotted with oil-glands. The flowers are small, white (pink in bud) and have four petals. The fruits are red-green and dotted with oil-glands.


Restricted to four coastal headlands in the Coffs Harbour area of north-east NSW.

Habitat and ecology

  • Low grassy heath on exposed sites and wind-pruned open to sparse shrubland on more sheltered aspects.
  • Reproduction is primarily from seed and fruit set commences in September/October. Seeds are thought to have a short viability within the soil seedbank.
  • Flowering commences annually in late August and continues until late September/ October

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known within 1 km of coast between Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None