National recovery plan for the Dwarf Kerrawang (Rulingia prostrata)
Oberon Carter, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
Neville Walsh, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
The Dwarf Kerrawang Rulingia prostrata is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Endangered under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The species is endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it is widely distributed from central Gippsland and to the central New South Wales coast. There are over 100,000 plants in about 40 wild populations, although almost all plants occur in a single population, and most populations contain very few plants. Major threats to populations include weed invasion, grazing, swamp drainage and altered fire regimes. This national Recovery Plan for the Dwarf Kerrawang details the species’ distribution, habitat, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.