Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Persoonia acerosa

Common name

Needle geebung



Where found

Dry forest, woodland, shrubland, heath, and roadsides. Ranges and tablelands, north of Mittagong. Occasionally coastal.


Shrub to 2 m high. Fruit fleshy. Bark smooth. Young branchlets hairless to sparsely hairy with greyish hairs. Leaves alternating up the stems, 1–2.3 cm long, about 0.5 mm wide, almost cylindrical, prominently channelled above, curved, almost hairless to hairless. Flowers with 4 yellow 'petals' each 8–10 mm long, more or less fused at the base, hairless. Flowers spreading to almost erect, in 1–80-flowered mostly leafy clusters. Fruit pear-shaped, yellowish-green with brownish-red markings, to 14 mm long and 10 mm in diameter. Flowers Dec.–May. 

Hybridises occasionally with Persoonia levis and Persoonia myrtilloides subsp. myrtilloides where they grow together.

Vulnerable Australia. Vulnerable NSW. Protected NSW.

NSW Threatened Species profile: (accessed 7 January, 2021)

PlantNET description:  (accessed 7 January, 2021)