National recovery plan for the central Australian cabbage palm (Livistona mariae subsp. mariae)
Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport, 2008
- National recovery plan for the central Australian cabbage palm (Livistona mariae subsp. mariae) (PDF - 172 KB) | (Word - 336 KB)
The central Australian cabbage palm, Livistona mariae F.Muell. subsp. mariae Rodd is classified as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and under the Northern Territory Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 2000. This species is of significant cultural importance to central Australian Aboriginal groups.
This species is restricted to the Finke River and its tributaries in the southern arid region of the Northern Territory. The species almost wholly contained within Finke Gorge National Park in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It is the only palm in central Australia and is separated by 1000 km from any other Livistona species.
Its persistence in arid central Australia is linked to the occurrence of perennial groundwater seepages in the habitat it now occupies. It is known from several closely spaced populations and faces a range of extant and potential threats including: exotic grass invasion; fire; tourism and stock impacts; ground water depletion; and climate change.
This plan outlines identified threats and the actions required to help maintain or eventually improve the conservation status of this species.