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In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Acacia pubifolia
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia pubifolia (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ha) [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] as Acacia pubifolia.
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Velvet Wattle - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005k) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list) as Acacia pubifolia
QLD: Listed as Vulnerable (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list) as Acacia pubifolia
Scientific name Acacia pubifolia [19799]
Family Fabaceae:Fabales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Pedley
Infraspecies author  
Reference Pedley, L. (1964) Notes on Acacia chiefly from Queensland, 1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 74: 59 [tax. nov.]
Other names Racosperma pubifolium [31671]
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.

Other illustrations Google Images

Acacia pubifolia is a low shrub or small tree to 8 m high (BRI; Pedley 1978) with rough, black bark (Orchard & Wilson 2001a).

This species is confined to the Darling Downs, between Glen Aplin and Wallangarra, in south-eastern Qld and to northern NSW, where it is less common (Orchard & Wilson 2001a).

In Qld, it is common in the Wyberba district, south of Stanthorpe and also grows in the drier western section of Girraween NP (BRI undated; McDonald et al. 1995).

In NSW, it is known from two disjunct localities:
1) Torrington State Recreation Area, north-west of Emmaville in the south-western portion of the reserve. There is one dense but small population along Gulf Rd, and scattered mature plants along the lower portion of Carpet Snake Fire Trail (Clarke et al. 1998; Copeland & Hunter 1999).
2) On private property near Warrabah NP, about 60 km west of Armidale. In consultation with the landholder, the NSW NPWS has fenced off the population and is monitoring its progress (Creamer 1999; NSW undated). This population consists of 95 plants (P.Metcalfe 1999, pers.comm. in Copeland & Hunter 1999).

This species is related to A. pycnostachya which also occurs in the Tenterfield district, but has smaller more pubescent flowers (calyx 0.5 mm long, corolla 1.6-1.8 mm long) and more pubescent phyllodes (Pedley 1964). There is also an affinity with A. blakei and A. striatifolia, which both have glabrous phyllodes (Pedley 1978; Orchard & Wilson 2001a).

This species grows on rocky granite hillsides, in sandy, stony or loamy soil in eucalypt-scrub woodland or Eucalyptus-Callitris forest (Orchard & Wilson 2001a).

In NSW it is recorded growing in shrubby woodland on granite (Clarke et al. 1998). The population near Warraba is in partially cleared country (Copeland & Hunter 1999).

In Qld it is recorded growing mostly on sandy soils in heath, shrubland, forest and woodland communities on rocky granite areas (McDonald et al. 1995). Associated species include Eucalyptus laevopinea, Eucalyptus caleyi ssp. caleyi, Eucalyptus dealbata, Angophora floribunda and Leptospermum brevipes (W.J.F.McDonald 2001, pers. comm.). There is a single record of this species growing on metamorphic rocks (BRI undated).

Flowers are borne between Sept. and Nov. (Pedley 1978; BRI undated; Clarke et al. 1998; Orchard & Wislon 2001a).

Clarke et al. (1998) reported that, in the Torrington area of NSW, this species is killed by fire and appears to be an obligate seeder. However, in the Wyberba district in Qld, A. pubifolia has been recorded as suckering after fire (BRI undated).

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
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Acacia pubifolia in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006an) [Internet].
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Acacia pubifolia in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006an) [Internet].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia pubifolia (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ha) [Conservation Advice].
Energy Production and Mining:Mining and Quarrying:Habitat destruction, disturbance and/or modification due to mining activities Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia pubifolia (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ha) [Conservation Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Grazing, tramping, competition and/or habitat degradation Capra hircus (Goat) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia pubifolia (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ha) [Conservation Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia pubifolia (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ha) [Conservation Advice].
Residential and Commercial Development:Residential and Commercial Development:Habitat modification (clearance and degradation) due to urban development Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Acacia pubifolia (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ha) [Conservation Advice].
Transportation and Service Corridors:Roads and Railroads:Development and/or maintenance of roads Acacia pubifolia in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006an) [Internet].

Clarke, P.J., L.M. Copeland, J.T. Hunter, C.E. Nano, J.B. Williams & K.E. Wills (1998). The Vegetation and Plant Species of Torrington State Recreation Area. Univeristy of New England. Armidale, Division of Botany.

Copeland, L.M. & J.T. Hunter (1999). Range extensions and conservation status of 18 restricted plant species in north-eastern NSW. Cunninghamia. 6(2):395-400. Sydney: National Herbarium of NSW, Royal Botanic Gardens.

Creamer, H. (1999). A landholders guide to threatened species: tips for saving threatened species in New England.

Hunter, J.T. (2000). Personal Communication.

McDonald, B., C. Gravatt, P. Grimshaw & J. Williams (1995). The Flora of Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks. Qld Dept of Environment and Heritage.

McDonald, W.J.F. (2001). Personal Communication.

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

Orchard, A.E. & A.J.G. Wilson, eds. (2001a). Flora of Australia, Volume 11B, Mimosaceae, Acacia Part 2. In: Flora of Australia. Canberra, ACT: ABRS & CSIRO.

Pedley, L. (1964). Notes on Acacia chiefly from Queensland, 1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. 74:53-59.

Pedley, L. (1978). A Revision of Acacia Mill. in Queensland. Austrobaileya. 1(2):75-234.

Queensland Herbarium (2008b). Unpublished data.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Acacia pubifolia in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:51:16 +1000.