Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Extinct as Ozothamnus selaginoides
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] as Ozothamnus selaginoides.
State Government
    Documents and Websites
TAS:Ozothamnus selaginoides - Threatened Flora of Tasmania (Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (Tas. DPIWE), 2003a) [Internet].
TAS:Ozothamnus selaginoides (Clubmoss Everlasting, Table Mountain Daisy Bush): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link (Threatened Species Section (TSS), 2014ew) [State Action Plan].
State Listing Status
TAS: Listed as Extinct (Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (Tasmania): September 2012 list) as Ozothamnus selaginoides
Scientific name Ozothamnus selaginoides [52454]
Family Asteraceae:Asterales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Sonder
Infraspecies author  
Reference Linnaea 25 (Apr. 1853) 510.
Other names Helichrysum selaginoides [10913]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
Illustrations Google Images

Scientific name: Ozothamnus selaginoides

Common name: Clubmoss Everlasting

Other names: Table Mountain Daisy Bush

Clubmoss Everlasting was a slender, branching shrub between 50–100 cm tall with the branches covered with tiny hairs (Curtis 1963; Leigh et al. 1984).

The leaves were overlapping like roof-tiles and had no stalk. The base was pressed closely to the stem, causing scars to form when the leaves fell away. This gave the stem a moss-like appearance. The blades were oblong, with a blunt tip, and between 5–7 mm long (Curtis 1963; Leigh et al. 1984).

The "daisy-like" flower-heads were creamy-yellow and in dense clusters at the ends of the branches. Each flower-head was comprised of 8–12 minute flowers and was surrounded at the base by the upper most foliage leaves. The flower-heads were oval and between 3.5–5 mm long. It was noted that the flowers had a sickly scent (Curtis 1963; Leigh et al. 1984).

The fruits were small, dry and leathery with pappus bristles (ring of scales or hairs found on top of fruit) that were in a single row. They were slender and thickened at the tips (Curtis 1963).

Clubmoss Everlasting was endemic to Tasmania. The only records for this species were from the Table Mountain area, west of Oatlands, in the Central Highlands, approximately 80 km north of Hobart. The plants were collected in 1845 and 1849 and are currently held at the Tasmanian Herbarium (DPIWE 2004). The species has not been collected since 1849 (Leigh et al. 1984).

Clubmoss Everlasting was recorded at an altitude of about 1000 metres. The species probably occurred in open grassy eucalypt woodland, but no specific information was recorded (Leigh et al. 1984).

Clubmoss Everlasting flowered from September to October and apparently still held old flower-heads in March (Burbidge 1958).

There is no specific information on the reasons for the extinction of Clubmoss Everlasting, however grazing and burning may have had a significant impact (Leigh et al. 1984).

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 Ozothamnus selaginoides in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006sb) [Internet].

Burbidge, N.T. (1958). A monographic study of Helichrysum subgenus Ozothamnus (Compositae) and of two related genera formerly included therein. Australian Journal of Botany. 6:229-284.

Curtis, W.M. (1963). The Student's flora of Tasmania. Part 2. Angiospermae: Lythraceae to Epacridaceae. Hobart: Government Printer.

Leigh, J., R. Boden & J. Briggs (1984). Extinct and Endangered Plants of Australia. Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan.

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

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Ozothamnus selaginoides in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:42:20 +1000.