Persoonia juniperina Labill.

Prickly Geebung

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 33 t. 45 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to spreading shrub to c. 2 m high; young branches sparsely to densely hairy. Leaves alternate, linear, 8–30 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide, straight, rigid, pungent-pointed, concave above, spreading widely, bright green, smooth, glabrous to densely hairy when young, glabrescent when mature. Flowers solitary, mostly in leaf-axils; pedicels 1–3 mm long, erect or spreading, usually hairy. Tepals 7–11 mm long, apiculate to caudate, terminal spine to c. 1 mm long; anthers yellow; ovary glabrous. Drupe ovoid, to c. 10 mm long, c. 8 mm wide, yellow-green to purplish. Flowers mostly Dec.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread across southern Victoria and often locally common in heathlands and heathy woodlands. A disjunct collection from near Harrietville in the Eastern Highlands requires verification.

Plants from the Grampians that are woolly and have narrowly oblanceolate leaves to c. 4 mm wide, previously referred to P. juniperina var. sericea, are most likely hybrids between P. juniperina and P. rigida.

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 juniperina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Persoonia juniperina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales