National recovery plan for the Yellow Swainson-pea (Swainsona pyrophila)
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Yellow Swainson-pea (Swainsona pyrophila) (PDF - 118 KB) | (RTF - 1,263 KB)
The Yellow Swainson-pea Swainsona pyrophila is a short-lived, fire-adapted species that occurs in mallee vegetation communities in inland south-eastern Australia, where it is widely distributed from the northern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, east to north-western Victoria and western New South Wales. The number and size of populations is unknown. It only appears above ground for a few years after fire, and there are currently no above-ground populations known, with the species surviving as seed in the soil. Current threats are not well known, although considerable areas of habitat have been cleared within its range, and altered fire frequency and intensity may impact on germination and growth. The Yellow Swainson-pea is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This national Recovery Plan for the Yellow Swainson-pea is the first recovery plan for the species, and presents known information on the species' distribution and biology, as well as its conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.