National recovery plan for the Downy Star-bush (Asterolasia phebalioides)
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
- National recovery plan for the Downy Star-bush (Asterolasia phebalioides) (PDF - 162 KB) | (RTF - 617 KB)
The Downy Star-bush (Asterolasia phebalioides) is a small shrub endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it occurs in South Australia (Kangaroo Island) and western Victoria. There are estimated to be 50,000–300,000 plants occurring in 15–25 wild populations, although most known plants occur in just one extended population on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Fire or other disturbance is important in regenerating populations, and therefore population size fluctuates greatly according to fire history. Threats are not well known, but may include altered fire frequency, other disturbance, Phytophthora cinnamomi infection, weed invasion and browsing. The species is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as Vulnerable in South Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, and as Threatened in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. This national Recovery Plan for A. phebalioides 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.