Nature conservation

Threatened species

Illawarra Socketwood - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Daphnandra johnsonii
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 21 Mar 2022


Rainforest tree to 20 metres tall. Leaves opposite, coarsely toothed, roughly oval in shape, 6 to 12 cm long, 1.5 to 6 cm wide, with a raised mid-vein on the upper surface. Small, pale greenish white flowers (rarely with a pink margin), borne in a many-flowered panicle from the leaf base.


Restricted to the Illawarra region where it has been recorded from the local government areas of Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occupies the rocky hillsides and gullies of the Illawarra lowlands, occasionally extending onto the upper escarpment slopes.
  • Associated vegetation includes rainforest and moist eucalypt forest.
  • Associated soils are loams and clay loams derived from volcanic and fertile sedimentary rocks.
  • Flowers briefly in September and early October with fruits taking 10 to 12 months to mature.
  • Capable of vegetative reproduction from stems (coppicing) and rhizomes (suckering).
  • Low levels of seed production are suspected, with stems at most sites appearing to only produce ‘pseudo-fruit’ which lack seeds.
  • Possibly killed by fire.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinIllawarra Known None