Persoonia silvatica L.A.S.Johnson

Forest Geebung

Victorian Naturalist 73: 160 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect to spreading shrub or small tree to 7 m high; young branches sparsely to moderately hairy. Leaves alternate, narrowly elliptic, lanceolate or narrowly spathulate to oblanceolate, 3–12 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, discolorous, flat, sparsely to moderately hairy when young, glabrescent when mature, smooth; margins recurved. Inflorescence an axillary or terminal raceme (flowering axis c. 8–20 mm long), mostly terminated by a dormant bud, some growing on into a leafy shoot; flowers subtended mostly by scale leaves, sometimes by leaves; pedicels 1–4 mm long, glabrous to moderately hairy. Tepals 12–14 mm long, caudate, glabrous to moderately hairy, terminal spine to c. 1.5 mm long; anthers white; ovary glabrous. Drupe ovoid, to c. 15 mm long, c. 12 mm wide, green. Flowers summer.

EGL, EGU, HFE, MonT. Also NSW. In Victoria apparently confined to far East Gippsland where locally common in montane forests (e.g. Bendock, Errinundra Plateau, Mt Kaye, Howe Hill).

Possible hybrids with P. confertiflora have been observed near Genoa.

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 silvatica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Persoonia silvatica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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New South Wales