Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Persoonia rigida

Common name

Hairy Geebung, Rigid Geebung, Stiff Geebung



Where found

Dry forest, woodland, and heath. Western Slopes, Kosciuszko National Park, the mountains to the north, ACT, and tablelands. Ranges west of Sydney.


Shrub to 2 m high or sprawling. Fruit fleshy. Bark smooth. Young branchlets moderately to densely hairy with greyish to tawny hairs. Leaves alternating up the stems to almost opposite each other, 1.1–5 cm long, 4–20 mm wide, often spoon shaped, flat or convex above, tips mucronate and curved upwards, surfaces dull green, moderately to densely hairy when young, becoming hairless or almost hairless when mature. Flowers yellow, sometimes rust coloured, with 4 hairy 'petals' 8-12 mm long, often joined together at the base. Anthers yellow. Flowers erect, subtended by scale leaves and leaves, in 1–20-flowered clusters. Flowers Nov.–Mar. Fruit green with purple streaks when ripe, to about 14 mm long, about 10 mm wide.

Hybridises sporadically with Persoonia juniperina and Persoonia sericea.

Protected NSW.

All native plants on unleased land in the ACT are protected.

PlantNET description: (accessed 31 January, 2021)