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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: Leucochrysum albicans subsp. tricolor
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 27 Jan 2023
Profile last updated: 16 Mar 2023


A perennial everlasting daisy. Stems are 10–15 cm tall, with narrow leaves 2–10 cm long, covered in white cottony hairs. Yellowish flowerheads are 2–5 cm in diameter, surrounded by numerous papery, white, overlapping ovate-oblong bracts, with the outer layers tinged red, pink, purple or brown. Fruits are brown, ovoid, 2–3 mm long, with 14–20 pappus bristles.  Leucochrysum albicans subsp. tricolor is distinguished from the other subspecies within L. albicans by its white involucral bracts and narrow, linear-oblanceolate leaves. In rare instances, populations typical of subsp. tricolor apparently intergrade with the yellow-flowered L. albicans subsp. albicans.


Endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it is currently known from three geographically separate areas in Tasmania, Victoria and south-eastern NSW and ACT. In NSW it currently occurs on the Southern Tablelands adjacent areas in an area roughly bounded by Albury, Bega and Goulburn, with a few scattered localities know from beyond this region.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in a wide variety of grassland, woodland and forest habitats, generally on relatively heavy soils.
  • Can occur in modified habitats such as semi-urban areas and roadsides.
  • Highly dependent on the presence of bare ground for germination.
  • In some areas, disturbance is required for successful establishment.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known None
NSW South Western SlopesCapertee Valley Predicted None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
Other StateACT Known None
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBathurst Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsBungonia Known None
South Eastern HighlandsCapertee Uplands Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsCrookwell Known None
South Eastern HighlandsHill End Known None
South Eastern HighlandsKanangra Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsKybeyan-Gourock Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMonaro Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMurrumbateman Known None
South Eastern HighlandsOberon Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsOrange Predicted None
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known None
Sydney BasinKerrabee Known None
Sydney BasinMoss Vale Predicted None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None