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Species Profile and Threats Database


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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Ozothamnus vagans
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Ozothamnus vagans (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008aau) [Conservation Advice].
 
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, included on the Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010o) [Recovery Plan] as Ozothamnus vagans.
 
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 vagans.
 
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list) as Ozothamnus vagans
QLD: Listed as Vulnerable (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list) as Ozothamnus vagans
Scientific name Ozothamnus vagans [56207]
Family Asteraceae:Asterales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author (White) Anderb.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Opera Botanica 104: 89 (1991)
Other names Helichrysum vagans [16358]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

Ozothamnus vagans is a spindly daisy-bush (Sheringham & Westaway 1995).

This species has a restricted distribution in north-eastern NSW in the McPherson Range, Tweed Range and Mt Warning, and in south-east Queensland (BRI collection records; Everett in Harden 1992; Sheringham & Westaway 1995).

In Queensland it has been recorded from Lamington Plateau with eight collections from the Qld/NSW border in Lamington National Park. Sites include Echo Point, Mt Bithongabel, Mt Merino, Mt Hobwee, Wanungara Lookout and Araucaria Lookout. It has also been recorded from Springbrook Plateau but has not been collected from this area since a single collection was made in 1916 (BRI collection records).

In NSW it has been recorded from Grady's Creek and Bar Mountain in the Border Ranges National Park, near Breakfast Creek in Mt Warning National Park, Nightcap National Park, and Numinbah Nature Reserve (BRI collection records; Sheringham & Westaway 1995).

No population numbers are known for any sites. Anecdotal evidence suggests the species is locally common at the recorded sites (BRI collection records).

Ozothamnus vagans is most closely allied to O. rufescens DC [referred to as Helichrysum beckleri F. Muell. in White (1939)] which is a very common species in many of the mountain ranges of south-eastern Qld and northern NSW. It differs from this species by its straggling habit, larger juvenile and adult leaves, and its very angular branchlets that are usually quite glabrous or nearly so in the adult stage (White 1939).

This species grows in and around rainforest (Harden 1992; Sheringham & Westaway 1995). It is more common along the top of the range on the higher peaks than down lower (L.Copeland 2000, pers. comm; Queensland Herbarium 1999 pers. comm.) and most records are from open situations at altitudes between 900-1140 m. It favours areas of disturbance such as light gaps created by treefalls, along tracks and roadsides in cool complex notophyll vine forests and also on rocky ledges in notophyll rainforest and microphyll moss/fern thicket communities dominated by Nothofagus moorei on basalt (BRI collection records; W.J.F.McDonald 2001 pers. comm.). It has been observed in rainforest with emergent Lophostemon confertus (Sheringham & Westaway 1995).

Flowers have been recorded in Jan., Feb., Apr. and Sept. (BRI collection records), from spring to autumn (Everett in Harden 1992; Stanley & Ross 1986).

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
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Habitat Shifting and Alteration:Habitat loss, modification and/or degradation Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Ecosystem Degradation:Decline in habitat quality Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Ozothamnus vagans in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006qe) [Internet].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Soil disturbance and/or trampling due to bushwalking Ozothamnus vagans in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006qe) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Ageratina riparia (Mistflower, Mist Flower, Creeping Croftonweed, River Eupatorium, Spreading Mistflower) Ozothamnus vagans in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006qe) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Ageratina adenophora (Crofton Weed, Catweed, Hemp Agrimony, Mexican Devil, Sticky Agrimony, Sticky Eupatorium) Ozothamnus vagans in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006qe) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Presence of pathogens and resulting disease Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Uncategorised:Uncategorised:threats not specified Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Ozothamnus vagans (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008aau) [Conservation Advice].

Copeland, L. (2000). Personal Communication.

Harden, G.J. (Ed.) (1992). Flora of New South Wales Volume 3. Kensington, NSW: University of NSW Press.

McDonald, W.J.F. (2001). Personal Communication.

Queensland Herbarium (1999). Personal communication.

Queensland Herbarium (2008b). Unpublished data.

Sheringham, P. & J. Westaway (1995). Significant Vascular Plants of Upper North East NSW: A report by the NSW NPWS for the Natural Resources Audit Council. NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Stanley, T.D. & E.M. Ross (1986). Flora of south-eastern Queensland. Volume Two. Brisbane, Queensland: Department of Primary Industries.

White, C.T. (1939). Contributions to the Queensland Flora, No. 6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. 50:66-87.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Ozothamnus vagans in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:48:50 +1000.