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Species Profile and Threats Database


For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
 
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered as Acacia leptalea
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, included on the Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Chinocup Wattle (Acacia leptalea) Recovery Plan (Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (WA DEC), 2009b) [Recovery Plan] as Acacia leptalea.
 
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 Acacia leptalea.
 
Amendment to the list of threatened species under section 178 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (11/04/2007) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2007f) [Legislative Instrument] as Acacia leptalea.
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
WA:Declared Rare Flora in the Katanning District (Graham, M. & M. Mitchell, 2000) [State Species Management Plan].
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Vulnerable (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013 list) as Acacia leptalea
Scientific name Acacia leptalea [56701]
Family Fabaceae:Fabales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Maslin
Infraspecies author  
Reference Nuytsia 12(3): 367 (1999)
Other names Acacia leptalea Maslin ms. [67222]
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

The Chinocup Wattle is a dense rounded shrub 0.5-2 m high and 2 m wide with globular golden flower heads (Orchard & Wilson 2001a).

This species is confined to near Chinocup, near Nyabing in the Katanning District, SW WA (Brown et al. 1998; Maslin 1999; Orchard & Wilson 2001a). The species is locally common but is found only in a small area adjacent to salt lakes. The species may have been more widespread before extensive clearing (Brown et al. 1998).

Populations in the Katanning District, both at Chinocup, as in Graham & Mitchell (2001):

Pop. no.Date of surveyNo. of plantsLand tenureComments
1.23/07/1992120(a) Other Crown Land
(b) Road reserve
Population healthy
2.14/08/1990430 +(a) Other Crown Land
(b) Road Reserve
(c) Private Property
Population healthy

This wattle grows in undulating plains and drainage lines (Paczkowska & Chapman 2000). Found on white-grey or red sand or sandy loam slopes, in open mallee with a dense understorey of Melaleuca (Brown et al. 1998; Maslin 1999; Paczkowska & Chapman 2000; Orchard & Wilson 2001a).

It is believed to tolerate some site disturbance, as indicated by evidence of old (10+ years) roadworks where many plants are found (Brown et al. 1998).

The flowers are borne June-Oct. (Brown et al. 1998; Maslin 1999; Orchard & Wilson 2001a). The only known collected single fruiting specimen is undated (Maslin 1999).

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
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Acacia leptalea in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006q) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Chinocup Wattle (Acacia leptalea) Recovery Plan (Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (WA DEC), 2009b) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Habitat degradation caused by firebreak construction and/or maintenance Chinocup Wattle (Acacia leptalea) Recovery Plan (Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (WA DEC), 2009b) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Chinocup Wattle (Acacia leptalea) Recovery Plan (Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (WA DEC), 2009b) [Recovery Plan].
Transportation and Service Corridors:Roads and Railroads:Development and/or maintenance of roads Chinocup Wattle (Acacia leptalea) Recovery Plan (Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (WA DEC), 2009b) [Recovery Plan].

Briggs, J.D. & J.H. Leigh (1996). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants - Revised Edition. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.

Brown, A., C. Thomson-Dans & N. Marchant, eds. (1998). Western Australia's Threatened Flora. Como, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Graham, M. & M. Mitchell (2000). Declared Rare Flora in the Katanning District. [Online]. Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management. Available from: http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/threatened-species-and-communities/threatened-plants.

Maslin, B.R. (1999). Acacia miscellany 16. The taxonomy of fifty-five species of Acacia, primarily Western Australia, in section Phyllodineae (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae). Nuytsia. 12(3):311-411.

Orchard, A.E. & A.J.G. Wilson, eds. (2001a). Flora of Australia, Volume 11B, Mimosaceae, Acacia Part 2. In: Flora of Australia. Canberra, ACT: ABRS & CSIRO.

Paczkowska, G. & A.R. Chapman (2000). The Western Australian Flora, A Descriptive Catalogue. The Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc.), the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Acacia leptalea in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:58:37 +1000.