National recovery plan for Boronia granitica (Granite Boronia)

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, July 2002
ISBN 0 731 36889 4

Appendix 2: Information leaflet, Boronia granitica

This medium-sized shrub with divided leaves and bright pink flowers is restricted to a limited number of locations on the north-western side of the New England Tablelands from near Armidale north to the Stanthorpe district in southern Queensland. Boronia granitica, as its name suggests, grows in heathy vegetation amongst granite boulders of the New England Batholith.

Boronia granitica is known from Kings Plain National Park, Torrington State Recreation Area and Severn River Nature Reserve in New South Wales, and also Girraween National Park in Queensland. These populations in conservation reserves support hundreds of individual plants and require careful fire management.

Populations of Boronia granitica on freehold and leasehold lands are either critically small and threatened by the impacts of browsing feral goats and stock, or susceptible to decline through inappropriate fire regimes.

Activities associated with mineral exploration, mining and bushrock collection may pose a potential risk to Boronia granitica populations in the Howell and Torrington districts.

The recovery plan

A recovery plan has been prepared for Boronia granitica by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The plan aims to protect known populations of Boronia granitica from decline and to ensure that these populations are secure in the long term.

A detailed study of the vegetation of the New England Batholith has been undertaken, highlighting the occurrences of Boronia granitica and other rare flora.

The University of New England has commenced studies into the fire ecology of many rare plants occurring in the Torrington district. This will provide important information for management of Boronia granitica and other restricted flora.

Implementation of the recovery plan involves research into the life history and ecology of Boronia granitica and management actions aimed at minimising identified threats to the species. Recovery actions will be directed towards:

  • research into aspects of the ecology of Boronia granitica, especially reproductive biology, seed-bank characteristics and fire response, necessary to develop the above management strategies;
  • protection of populations from the adverse impacts associated with feral goat and stock grazing; and
  • involving the community in cooperative management through property and conservation agreements that offer various incentives to land owners.

The occurrence of Boronia granitica contributes to the high biodiversity of the flora of the northern tablelands and slopes of New South Wales. Several other rare or threatened species that occupy similar granite outcrop habitats are likely to benefit from conservation of Boronia granitica.

How you can help

If you are a landholder or leaseholder and your property supports native vegetation on outcropping granite that may provide habitat for Boronia granitica and other threatened flora, you are in a position to assist in the conservation of these species. This may involve helping ensure that granitic outcrop shrubland vegetation is not subjected to frequent fires. It might also involve fencing vegetation remnants to exclude stray stock and feral goat control to protect rare flora from the detrimental impact of browsing.

If you are visiting Kings Plain National Park, Severn River Nature Reserve or Torrington State Recreation Area please observe the National Parks and Wildlife Service standard code of behaviour at all times:

  • camp only at established camp sites;
  • do not light fires except in designated fireplaces;
  • stay on the established walking tracks;
  • leave pets and firearms at home;
  • leave rocks, native plants and animals as you find them;
  • do not pick native plants; and
  • take your rubbish home with you.

If you or your organisation would like to discuss ways in which you can be involved in the conservation of these granitic areas and their significant flora, then please contact either the Glen Innes West Area of the National Parks and Wildlife Service on telephone 02 6732 5133 or the Threatened Species Unit at the National Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Directorate office on 02 6651 5946.

For further information about conserving threatened species in NSW and cooperative management of habitat please contact:

The Manager
Threatened Species Unit
NSW NPWS Northern Directorate
Telephone: 02 6651 5946