advisory list of
rare or threatened plants in Victoria
Advisory List of Rare Or Threatened Plants In Victoria - 2005
Prepared and published by the Department of Sustainability and Environment, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne 3002.
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This document may be cited as:
Department of Sustainability and Environment (2005) Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria - 2005. Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne, Victoria.
ISBN 1 74152 090 8
This document was compiled by David Cameron, with great assistance from Neville Walsh and Jeff Jeanes of the National Herbarium of Victoria.
This list was compiled by David Cameron of the Parks, Flora and Fauna Division, Department of Sustainability and Environment, in consultation with Neville Walsh (National Herbarium of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens). Other major contributors include Gary Backhouse, Geoff Carr, Jeff Jeanes and Kevin Rule.
Purpose of the List
This advisory list of vascular plants (angiosperms, conifers, ferns and fern allies), bryophytes and fungi (including lichens) that are considered extinct, threatened, rare or poorly known in Victoria is maintained by the Department of Sustainability and Environment.
The information in this list may be of use in a range of planning processes, such as the preparation of National Park Management Plans, Forest Management Plans, local government planning schemes, regional catchment strategies and in setting priorities for actions to conserve biodiversity.
Together with the range of programs and other resources available, lists of this type serve to increase community awareness of threatened species and may encourage community members to become involved in activities to protect threatened species, thereby reducing the risk of their conservation status worsening.
Relationship to statutory lists
This advisory list is not the same as the statutory list of threatened taxa established under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act). There are no legal requirements or consequences that flow from inclusion of a species in this advisory list.
However, some of the species in this advisory list are also listed as threatened under the FFG Act. The FFG Act Threatened List only includes items that have been nominated, assessed by the Scientific Advisory Committee and approved for listing by the responsible Minister.
There are also species on this list that are listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This information is included in the tables. Readers who are interested in learning more about this Act should contact the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage.
Composition of the list and assessment of taxa
The Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria - 2005 updates the publication in 2003 of Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Vascular Plants in Victoria – 2003 (DSE 2003).
This list includes a comprehensive list of rare or threatened bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) and a small selection of lichens and fungi. The inclusion of a preliminary list of only nine lichens and fungi is indicative of the poorly known or data deficient conservation status of the vast majority of taxa in these groups for which a definitive list of rare or threatened species must await further taxonomic investigation and the collation of reliable distribution data.
The list refers to plants considered rare or threatened in Victoria only: their status elsewhere in Australia or beyond is not considered in assigning Victorian conservation status. Taxa are eligible for inclusion in the list if they are recognised as taxonomically valid by the National Herbarium of Victoria, they currently occur, or occurred, naturally in Victoria, and they are, or are highly likely to be, rare or threatened in Victoria.
Where a species is represented in any given region by two or more infraspecific taxa then the species itself will usually (but not necessarily) have the same conservation status as the least threatened constituent infraspecific taxon. For clarity, the names of such species are not included in the list although their status can be confirmed in the current edition of the Victorian Flora Species Index. Where an EPBC Act or FFG Act status applies only at the species level, this status is shown in parentheses for the infraspecific taxa.
Taxa which are generally recognised as naturally-occurring hybrids are included in this list only when they are listed in the current edition of A Census of the Vascular Plants of Victoria (Ross 2003). In general, such taxa are eligible for inclusion in these lists only when it is established that they are distinctive, stable and self-sustaining and supported by a published taxonomic description.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment has published Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna in Victoria – 2003. This list is available from the DSE web site at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au. The Department of Sustainability and Environment also publishes a list of plants periodically, based on the Department’s Flora Information System (eg. Victorian Flora Species Index 2001).