Persoonia rigida R.Br.

Hairy Geebung

Suppl. Pwodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 14 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to spreading shrub to c. 1 m high, rarely more; young branches moderately to densely hairy. Leaves alternate to subopposite, oblanceolate or narrowly spathulate to spathulate, 1.5–4 cm long, 4–20 mm wide, mucronate, curved upwards, dull green, flat or convex above, moderately to densely hairy when young, glabrescent to sparsely hairy when mature; margins recurved. Flowers solitary in axils of scale-leaves or leaves; pedicels 1–3 mm long, erect, moderately to densely hairy. Tepals 10–12 mm long, apiculate to caudate, moderately hairy, terminal spine to c. 1 mm long; anthers yellow; ovary glabrous. Drupe ovoid, to c. 14 mm long, c. 10 mm wide, green, often streaked purple. Flowers summer.

CVU, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also NSW, ACT. Widespread but scattered and generally uncommon, from mid-western to north-eastern Victoria (with disjunct occurrences near the upper Snowy River), in dry heathlands and woodlands.

Possible hybrids with P. juniperina have been observed in the Grampians, and these have previously been referred to as P. juniperina var. sericea (see also note under P. juniperina).

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Persoonia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Persoonia rigida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Persoonia rigida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory