National recovery plan for the Red Swainson-pea (Swainsona plagiotropis)
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Red Swainson-pea (Swainsona plagiotropis) (PDF - 237 KB) | (RTF - 1,627 KB)
The Red Swainson-pea Swainsona plagiotropis is endemic to inland south-eastern Australia, where it occurs in Victoria and New South Wales. Apparently once abundant and widely distributed across the inland plains, the species has probably suffered a decline in range and abundance with the conversion of much of its former range to agriculture. There are currently estimated to be some 200,000 plants occurring in about 60 wild populations. However, many of these populations are small, fragmented and in highly vulnerable locations such as on private land and on roadsides. Current threats include weed invasion, grazing, further loss of habitat and climate change. The Red Swainson-pea is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This national Recovery Plan for the Red Swainson-pea is the first recovery plan for the species, and details the species' distribution and biology, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.