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Threatened species

Belson's Panic - 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: Homopholis belsonii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 17 Aug 2012
Profile last updated: 03 Jan 2019


Perennial grass to 0.5 m high. Leaves with ligule 0.8-1.5 mm long; blade 2-4.5 mm wide, glabrous though sometimes ciliate at the base. Inflorescence not fully exserted, common axis 8-15 cm long; primary branches 8-15 cm long, with hairy axils. Spikelets 2 or 3 on a typical lowermost branch, laterally compressed, 4.8-8 mm long. Lower glume equal to the spikelet, 7-nerved, glabrous, with a pronounced rachilla above; upper 4.5-6 mm long, sparsely hairy. Lower lemma 4.2-5.5 mm long, 7-nerved, glabrous to shortly hairy, sterile, palea reduced or absent. Upper lemma ca 65% the length of the spikelet, 5-7-nerved, the margins membranous.


It occurs on the northwest slopes and plains of NSW, mostly between Wee Waa, Goondiwindi and Glen Innes. It also occurs in Queensland, mainly in the Brigalow Belt South bioregion.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in dry woodland (e.g. Belah) often on poor soils, although sometimes found in basalt-enriched sites north of Warialda and in alluvial clay soils.
  • Habitat and ecology appear to be poorly known

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Outwash Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Predicted None
NandewarInverell Basalts Known None
NandewarKaputar Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
NandewarPeel Known None