Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Extinct
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
TAS:Threatened Flora of Tasmania, Deyeuxia lawrencei Threatened Species Unit (Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (Tas. DPIWE), 2003) [Internet].
TAS:Deyeuxia lawrencei (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link (Threatened Species Section (TSS), 2014em) [State Action Plan].
State Listing Status
TAS: Listed as Extinct (Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (Tasmania): September 2012 list)
Scientific name Deyeuxia lawrencei [12432]
Family Poaceae:Cyperales:Liliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Vick.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Contributions from the New South Wales National Herbarium 1 (22 Feb. 1940) 48.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
Illustrations Google Images

Scientific name: Deyeuxia lawrencei

Deyeuxia lawrencei was an erect, hairless, perennial grass 50–60 cm high. The stems were ribbed, slender and thread-like (but quite stout and stiff). The leaf blades were flat or loosely in-rolled when dry. They were finely ribbed and rough on the leaf margins and ribs of the lower leaf surface (up to 12 cm long and 4 mm wide). The sheaths surrounding the base of the leaves were ribbed and open (the uppermost sheaths were fairly loose) (Curtis & Morris 1994; Tas. DPIWE 2003).

Deyeuxia lawrencei was endemic to Tasmania and was known only from the type specimen collected around 1831. The location of this collection is unknown, although it was possibly from the Launceston area (Curtis & Morris 1994; TPLUC 1996).

Deyeuxia lawrencei occurred in dry sclerophyll forest habitat (Curtis & Morris 1994; TPLUC 1996).

The reasons for the decline and extinction of Deyeuxia lawrencei are unknown. It was reported that the species could persist through fire and grazing (TPLUC 1996); therefore, these two potential threats were unlikely to have been a significant factor in its disappearance.

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
Uncategorised:Uncategorised:threats not specified Deyeuxia lawrencei in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006hs) [Internet].

Curtis, W M & D.I. Morris (1994). The Student's Flora of Tasmania Angiospermae: Alismataceae to Burmanniaceae. Hobart, Tasmania: St David's Park Publishing.

Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (Tas. DPIWE) (2003). Threatened Flora of Tasmania, Deyeuxia lawrencei Threatened Species Unit. [Online]. Available from:$FILE/Deyeuxia%20lawrencei.pdf.

Tasmanian Public Land Use Commission (TPLUC) (1996). Environment & Heritage Report. Volume IV: Background Report Part C Tasmanian Commonwealth Regional Forest Agreement, Hobart.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Deyeuxia lawrencei in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:01:07 +1000.