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

1. Introduction

The Ripple-leaf Muttonwood (Rapanea sp. A Richmond River, J.H. Maiden & J.L. Boorman NSW 26751) is a small, evergreen tree or shrub that grows to 5 metres high and occurs in tall open sclerophyll forest with a rainforest subcanopy, swamp sclerophyll open forest and on the margins of subtropical rainforest. It occurs in north-eastern New South Wales (NSW) and is currently only known from three populations within the Richmond River and Clarence River catchments. The species was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered on the Richmond River floodplain in 1997. The species has not yet been formally described, the scientific name for the species will change when this occurs.

This document constitutes the formal National and State Recovery Plan for the Ripple-leaf Muttonwood and, as such, considers the conservation requirements of the species across its known range. It identifies the actions to be taken over the next five years by the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW) (DEC) to enhance the long-term viability of the Ripple-leaf Muttonwood in nature. The implementation of the proposed actions of this plan is subject to budgetary and other constraints affecting the DEC.