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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Lastreopsis walleri (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008qz) [Conservation Advice].
 
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
 
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Vulnerable (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list)
Scientific name Lastreopsis walleri [18229]
Family Dryopteridaceae:Aspidiales:Polypodiatae:Polypodiophyta:Plantae
Species author Tind.
Infraspecies author  
Reference The Gardens Bulletin of Singapore 39 (1 Dec. 1986) 172, fig. 3.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

Lastreopsis walleri is a fern that has a short-creeping rhizome (underground stem), with dense scales (Tindale 1986; Jones 1998f).

This species is endemic to the wet tropics of north-east Queensland (Jones 1998f; Tindale 1986). Plants have been recorded from the following localities: State Forest 194 (Herberton Range), State Forest 251, Dirran Creek (Kenny Road) just outside State Forest 194, North Johnstone Logging Area, State Forest 755 [now Wooroonooran National Park], East Mulgrave River, Wooroonooran National Park and Chauchilla Logging Area, and State Forest 144 Windsor Tableland (P.D.Bostock 2001, pers. comm.; BRI collection records; QRS collection records).

Lastreopsis walleri occurs in scattered disjunct populations and is never abundant (P.D. Bostock 2001, pers. comm.). There is no information available regarding total numbers of plants in any of the known populations (P.D.Bostock 2001, pers. comm.; BRI collection records; QRS collection records).

Lastreopsis walleri is a distinctive species, distinguishable from all other Australian species by the massive, short creeping rhizome and by the rhizome scales bearing numerous short spines on their upper surface and margins (Jones 1998f; Tindale 1986).

This species grows in rainforest and shaded places in open forest (P.D.Bostock 2001, pers. comm., BRI collection records; NSW collection records; QRS collection records; Tindale 1986).

This species probably reproduces sexually, by spores (P.D. Bostock 2001, pers. comm.).

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Biological Resource Use:Logging and Wood Harvesting:Habitat loss, modification and degradation due to timber harvesting Lastreopsis walleri in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ms) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Lantana camara (Lantana, Common Lantana, Kamara Lantana, Large-leaf Lantana, Pink Flowered Lantana, Red Flowered Lantana, Red-Flowered Sage, White Sage, Wild Sage) Lastreopsis walleri in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ms) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Lastreopsis walleri in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ms) [Internet].

Bostock, P.D. (2001). Personal Communication.

Jones, D.L. (1998f). Dryopteridaceae. In: Flora of Australia. 48:393-418. Melbourne: ABRS/CSIRO.

NSW Herbarium (undated). New South Wales National Herbarium specimens.

QRS (n.dat.). QRS herbarium specimens.

Queensland Herbarium (1999). Personal communication.

Queensland Herbarium (2008b). Unpublished data.

Tindale, M.D. (1972). Gardens Bulletin, Singapore. 39:172-.

Tindale, M.D. (1986). A new genus and three new species of Pteridophytes from north eastern Queensland. Gardens' Bulletin. Singapore. 39:169-175.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Lastreopsis walleri in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Wed, 3 Sep 2014 06:54:07 +1000.