Low growing form of Z. smithii, Diggers Head - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Zieria smithii - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 18 Sep 1998
Profile last updated: 11 Mar 2018


Diggers Head Zieria is a sprawling shrub, up to 1 m tall and 2 m wide. The branches are smooth, and the young parts are covered with fine hairs. The paired leaves are divided into three, narrow-oval leaflets, all with blunt ends, and the central one is longer than the others. The upper surface of the leaf is darker than the lower and both are dotted with oil-glands. The flowers are small, pink with four petals. The egg-shaped fruit capsules are green, and contain one seed. Diggers Head Zieria is distinct from other forms of Zieria smithii.


Known only from Diggers Head at Coffs Harbour. Closely related forms occur on eight to ten headlands north to Byron Bay.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in low heath with Kangaroo Grass (Themeda australis) on a coastal headland.

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known Diggers Head, Coffs Harbour LGA