Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice for Persoonia bargoensis (Bargo Geebung) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2014cv) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, the approved conservation advice for the species provides sufficient direction to implement priority actions and mitigate against key threats (29/04/2014).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Persoonia bargoensis (a shrub) - endangered species listing. NSW Scientific Committee - final determination (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2000e) [Internet].
NSW:Bargo Geebung - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005im) [Internet].
NSW:Persoonia bargoensis Threatened Species Information (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS), 2000ad) [Information Sheet].
NSW:Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines - Persoonia bargoensis (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS), 2000ae) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list)
Scientific name Persoonia bargoensis [56267]
Family Proteaceae:Proteales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author P.H.Weston & L.A.S.Johnson
Infraspecies author  
Reference Telopea 4(2): 284 (1991).
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

Scientific name: Persoonia bargoensis

Common name: Bargo Geebung

The Bargo Geebung is an erect, bushy shrub growing to 0.6–2.5 m in height. It has slender branches with a light covering of hairs on the new growth. The small, thin leaves have a lighter green lower surface. Its yellow tubular flowers appear mainly in summer and are produced in the angles where leaves join the stem (leaf axils) of new growth. Its fruits are pear-shaped, green, pendulous and grow to 12 mm long (NSW DECCW 2005im).

The Bargo Geebung is restricted to a small area south-west of Sydney on the western edge of the Woronora Plateau and the northern edge of the Southern Highlands (NSW DECCW 2005im). It is restricted to the catchments of the Cataract, Cordeaux and Bargo Rivers of NSW (Blombery & Maloney 1992; Harden 1991; Weston 1995b; Weston & Johnson 1991).

The historical northern, southern, eastern and western limits are Picton and Douglas Park, Yanderra, Cataract River and Thirlmere (NSW DECCW 2005im). Collections have been made at: Ripponden, Appin to Wilton Road, above the Cataract River, Pheasants Nest, Nepean River, Tahmoor to Bargo (Weston & Johnson 1991).

The Bargo Geebung populations are very small (often less than eight plants) and scattered, with the total population likely to be less than 250 (in 1999) (NSW DECCW 2000e).

The Bargo Geebung grows in dry sclerophyll eucalypt woodland or forest. It occurs on the heavier, well drained, loamy, gravelly soils of Hawkesbury Sandstone and Wianamatta Shale, between 100 and 300 m altitude (Blombery & Maloney 1992; Harden 1991). Specifically, it seems to prefer the interfaces between shale-derived, soils such as the Blacktown Soil Landscape, and the underlying sandstone (Hawkesbury and Gymea Soil Landscapes) (NSW NPWS 2000ad).

The Bargo Geebung flowers from December to January (Weston 1995b; Weston & Johnson 1991). The fruits hang on the plant for an indefinite period (Blombery & Maloney 1992).

Plants are likely to be killed by fire and requires a minimum fire frequency of 10–15 years to allow for seed set (NSW DECCW 2000e). Recruitment is solely from seed. Like most geebungs this species seems to benefit from the reduced competition and increased light available on disturbance margins including roadsides (NSW DECCW 2005im).

The Bargo Geebung is best surveyed during flowering in summer and autumn, and can be very difficult to detect when not in flower or during the later stages of fruiting (NSW NPWS 2000ae). The species tends to occur along fire trails or the margins of disturbed areas (NSW NPWS 2000ae). Sites that are long undisturbed may have few or no plants (NSW NPWS 2000ae).

The Bargo Geebung superficially resembles Persoonia nutans of western Sydney (NSW NPWS 2000ad), but the latter mostly has lanceolate to linear-lanceolate leaves whereas the former has linear-oblong leaves (PlantNet 2012).

Recovery activities relevant to the Bargo Geebung include (NSW DECCW 2005im):

  • Ensure that personnel involved in planning and undertaking hazard reduction burns, are able to identify the species and are aware of its habitat.
  • Following burning, protect populations (where possible) from further fires until plants have reached reproductive maturity.
  • Erect on-site markers to alert maintenance staff and road-users to the presence of this species.
  • Protect known habitat areas from clearing and disturbance.
  • Monitor populations for the impact of European Honey Bees and Cinnamon Fungus.
  • Mark Bargo Geebung sites and potential habitat onto maps used for planning road maintenance work.
  • Protect many populations rather than concentrating all efforts on one or two populations. Conduct further surveys in an effort to locate more individuals.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary Landcare Group (NSW) received $4910 of funding through the Threatened Species Network Community Grants in 2000-01 for the propagation of this species and the planting of germinated seeds into degraded forest areas undergoing restoration.

Management documents relevant to Persoonia bargoensis are at the start of the profile. Other relevant documents include the Persoonia bargoensis draft Recovery Plan (NSW DEC 2007b).

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Persoonia bargoensis in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006qo) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Apis mellifera (Honey Bee, Apiary Bee) The threat posed by pest animals to biodiversity in New South Wales (Coutts-Smith, A.J., P.S. Mahon, M. Letnic & P.O. Downey, 2007) [Management Plan].
Uncategorised:Uncategorised:threats not specified Persoonia bargoensis in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006qo) [Internet].

Blombery, A.M. & B. Maloney (1992). The Proteaceae of the Sydney Region. Kenthurst, NSW: Kangaroo Press.

Harden, G.J. (ed.) (1991). Flora of New South Wales, Volume Two. Kensington, NSW: University of NSW Press.

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW DEC) (2007b). Draft NSW & National Persoonia bargoensis (Bargo Geebung).

NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW) (2000e). Persoonia bargoensis (a shrub) - endangered species listing. NSW Scientific Committee - final determination. [Online]. Available from:

NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW) (2005im). Bargo Geebung - profile. [Online]. Available from:

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS) (2000ad). Persoonia bargoensis Threatened Species Information. [Online]. Available from:

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS) (2000ae). Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines - Persoonia bargoensis. [Online]. Available from:

PlantNET (2012). The Plant Information Network System. [Online]. Sydney, Australia: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Available from:

Weston, P.H. (1995b). Subfam. 1. Persoonioideae. In: Flora of Australia. 16:47-125. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

Weston, P.H. & L.A.S. Johnson (1991). Taxonomic changes in Persoonia (Proteaceae) in New South Wales. Telopea. 4(2):269-306.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Persoonia bargoensis in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:50:09 +1000.