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Threatened species

Lenwebbia sp. Main Range - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Lenwebbia sp. Main Range
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 30 Oct 2020
Profile last updated: 07 Jun 2021


Small tree to 4m, branchlets densely covered in short, ascending fawn hairs. Leaves with lamina elliptical to obovate, usually 3-5cm long and 10-25mm wide; secondary venation obscure. Leaves sparingly hairy above with appressed hairs, glabrescent below except on the midvein; apex acute; petiole 3-5.5mm long. Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicels 6-7mm long. Hypanthium sparingly hairy. Sepals triangular, obtuse, to 2mm long. Mature fruits black. The species can be distinguished from co-occurring L. prominens by the lower surface of the leaves being hairless except for the midvein and the far less prominent lateral veins on the underside of the leaf.


High altitude areas (900m-1200m asl) on, or close to, the NSW-Qld border. The species occurs on the volcanic escarpments between Wilson's Peak and Mt Cordeaux, north of Cunningham's Gap in the Main Range NP in south-east Qld (approx. 50km east of Warwick), and along the border between Limpinwood NR (NSW) and Lamington NP (Qld) on and around Mt Wagawn in suitable habitats on the escarpment to Echo Point.

Habitat and ecology

  • Narrow-ranged endemic which occurs in high altitude vegetation on rocky outcrops along exposed escarpment clifflines and on the wet cliffs or steep slopes immediately below. The substrate is typically skeletal peaty deposits on volcanics (either basalt or rhyolite), with most sites being on south facing, exposed aspects.

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