Approved Recovery Plan for the Ripple-leaf Muttonwood (Rapanea species A Richmond River)

Threatened Species Unit, North East Branch
New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation, 2004
ISBN: 1741221382

Appendix 3: Summary of advice from the NSW Scientific Committee

Under Section 66A of the TSC Act, Recovery Plans must include a summary of any advice given by the NSW Scientific Committee, details of any amendments made to the plan to take account of that advice and a statement of reasons for any departure from that advice. The Scientific Committees comments on the draft Ripple-leaf Muttonwood Recovery Plan and details of amendments made are tabled below.

Section Advice Response
2.1 Why has a new common name been coined. The DEC has decided to utilise the common name Ripple-leaf Muttonwood for the following reasons: (a) The name Ripple-leaf Muttonwood is used by numerous people who are working with the species and is well accepted. (b) Most other species in Australia within the same genus are referred to as a type of Muttonwood, the name Ripple-leaf Muttonwood identifies a characteristic feature of this species and the genus to which it belongs. (c) The species is currently being formally described, as such, the scientific name will change after publication. This may result in a lack of recognition within the general public of the species to which the plan applies. Referring to the species by its common name may help to avoid this confusion. (d) Most members of the general public prefer to refer to species by their common name, as the species occurs on private property, a common name for the species will assist landholders when discussing issues relating to the species.
2.4 The Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997 is now replaced by the Native Vegetation Act 2003. Amended.
3.1 If the fruit is a drupe then the seed must be enclosed in an endocarp, separating it from the fleshy mesocarp. Not amended. As the Recovery Plan is written for use by the general public, only a general description of the Ripple-leaf Muttonwood is provided without technical detail. Further, the mesocarp of a drupe is not always fleshy.
3.2 If specimens had been found in 1986 then the species should not have been listed as extinct on the original Schedules of the Threatened Species Conservation Act. Noted. No text amendments required.
4.5 Solanum seaforthianum is given as both Climbing Nightshade and Brazilian Nightshade. Amended.
5.1 and 5.4 Why are no further surveys proposed as an objective of the Plan. Amended. Action 2.1 The DEC will coordinate targeted surveys for the Ripple-leaf Muttonwood.
Action 2.4 (1.3 in draft) No longer the Native Vegetation Conservation Act. Amended.
Action 3.1 (2.1 in draft) Given the previous more extensive known distribution, from how wide an area will participants in Ripple-leaf Muttonwood familiarisation sessions come. Amended. Action 3.1 states that familiarisation sessions will be undertaken in areas of known Ripple-leaf Muttonwood habitat. The distribution of the species profile and Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines will assist in identifying new locations. Once new locations have been identified staff familiarisation can be undertaken.
Action 4.2 (3.2 in draft) Does the agency have statistically rigorous protocols for monitoring, and is there a database for retaining monitoring data. The monitoring protocol and database will be developed as part of the monitoring program.
Appendi x 2 Needs to be modified to include CMA. Amended.
4.5 The politically correct common name for Wandering Jew is Tradescantia Amended.
Action 4.3 (3.3 in draft) $25,000 has been allocated to encourage research. What scientific questions were of interest and who might be best placed to investigate them. Amended: Key areas for investigation include:
  • reproductive biology including pollination mechanisms, self compatibility, seed viability, reliance on vegetative reproduction,
  • propagation techniques,
  • key habitat requirements,
  • response to fire and conditions required for the production of flowers and fruit.