National Recovery Plan for Phantom Wattle - Acacia phasmoides
Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne
The Phantom Wattle Acacia phasmoides is a small to medium-sized shrub that is endemic to a small area of south eastern Australia, where it occurs in both Victoria and New South Wales. Only five populations (four in Victoria and one in NSW) containing about 405 plants are known. There has been a substantial decline in the number of plants in Victoria over the least 20 years. Precise causes of this decline are not known, but may be related to extended drought conditions in the area. Plants may also be being browsed by feral mammals including goats and deer. The Phantom Wattle is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This national Recovery Plan for the Phantom Wattle is the first recovery plan for the species, and details its distribution, habitat, threats and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.