This native shrub is commonly known as large-leaved smooth psychotria.
Psychotria daphnoides var. pubescens is described as a "dicot" in the Rubiaceae family.
In the Queensland Nature Conservation Act it is classified as Least Concern. Under the Federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act it is not classified.
Two varieties recognised. The type variety Psychotria daphnoides var. daphnoides (small-leaved smooth psychotria) distribution from Gympie southward. Psychotria daphnoides var. pubescens (large-leaved smooth psychotria) distribution from NSW to north of Rockhampton. (Gwen Harden, Hugh Nicholson, Bill McDonald, Nan Nicholson, Terry Tame, John Williams. 2014. Rainforest Plants of Australia)
It has been recorded in the Wide Bay district in the Queensland Herbarium Census but is not listed as occurring in the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Herbarium Wildlife Online.
Reported at 17 Fraser Coast localities: Bauple, Bauple Forest, Bidwill, Boompa, Booral, Burrum Heads, Craignish, Glenwood, Granville, Magnolia, Mount Urah, St Mary, Talegalla Weir, Teddington, Tinana, Tuan Forest, Yerra.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.