National recovery plan for the Spiny Peppercress (Lepidium aschersonii)
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Spiny Peppercress (Lepidium aschersonii) (PDF - 295 KB) | (RTF - 1,747 KB)
The Spiny Peppercress Lepidium aschersonii is a small perennial herb endemic to mainland southern Australia, where it is widely but patchily distributed from New South Wales to Western Australia. Much of its habitat has been lost to agriculture, and remaining populations are mostly small, isolated and at risk from a range of threats including grazing, weed invasion, wetland drainage and other forms of habitat destruction. There are an estimated 25,000–100,000 plants remaining in about 30 wild populations. The Spiny Peppercress is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). In New South Wales, it is listed as Vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act). In Victoria it is listed as Threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. In Western Australia, it is listed as Declared Rare Flora under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. This national Recovery Plan for the Spiny Peppercressis the first recovery plan for the species, and details its distribution and biology, conservation status, threats, and recovery objectives and actions necessary to ensure its long-term survival.