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 Endangered as Streblus pendulinus|
|Listing and Conservation Advices||
Commonwealth Listing Advice for Norfolk Island Flora - 16 Endangered Species (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2003z) [Listing Advice].
|Recovery Plan Decision||
Recovery Plan required, included on the Commenced List (1/11/2009).
|Adopted/Made Recovery Plans||
Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan (Director of National Parks (DNP), 2010) [Recovery Plan] as Streblus pendulinus.
What the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) means for Norfolk Islanders (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2004i) [Information Sheet].
Federal Register of
Inclusion of species in the list of threatened species under section 178 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (03/11/2003) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2003a) [Legislative Instrument] as Streblus pendulinus.
|Scientific name||Streblus pendulinus |
|Species author||(Endl.) F.Muell.|
|Reference||Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 6: 192 (1868).|
Pseudomorus brunoniana 
Pseudomorus pendulina 
Streblus brunonianus 
Morus pendulina 
Pseudomorus brunoniana var. pendulina 
This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.
Scientific name: Streblus pendulinus
Common name: Siah's Backbone
Other common names: Sia's Backbone, Isaac Wood, Prickly Fig, Grey Handlewood, White Handlewood, Whalebone Tree, Hawaiian Roughbush or A'ia'i (in Hawaii), Axe-handle Wood, Ragwood, Waddywood.
This species is conventionally accepted as Streblus pendulinus (CHAH 2010). The EPBC Act listing of S. pendulinus treated the species as endemic to Norfolk Island and islands of the Pacific Ocean (TSSC 2003z). Subsequently, the mainland species S. brunonianus has been included with S. pendulinus (ATRP 2010; CHAH 2010; Jessup 2003; The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust 2011).
Siah’s Backbone is a tree or large shrub that grows to 6 m in height. The leaves are elliptic or egg-shaped to lanceolate, usually 5–8 cm long and 1–4 cm wide, with margins that are regularly toothed. The upper surface of the leaves may be either rough or smooth, whilst the underside is always rough. Leaves are attached by a stalk (petiole) 3–8 mm long. Juvenile leaves are approximately 15 cm long, often narrow and lobed at the base. The species exudes milky white latex when damaged, or when stalks are snapped off. The species has male and female flowers produced on separate plants (dioecious). The male flowers are in catkins (cylindrical flower clusters) recorded up to 20 cm long, with individual flowers 10–50 mm long. The female flowers are solitary or few in a spike 5–10 mm long; the style and stigma lobe are slender and tapering. The fruit is fleshy, red and about 5–8 mm long (ATRP 2010; DEH 2004i; DNP 2010; Green 1994).
Siah's Backbone occurs from Cape York Peninsula to Milton, south-east New South Wales (NSW), as well as Norfolk Island (ATRP 2010; Jessup 2003; The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust 2011). Outside of Australia, the species is found in Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Rapa and Hawaii (DEH 2004i; Green 1994).
On Norfolk Island, the species is recorded within (DNP 2010):
- Norfolk Island National Park (167 mature individuals in 2003)
- Mission Road rainforest remnants
- near Steels Point
- Ball Bay Reserve
- Cascade Reserve.
On Norfolk Island, Siah’s Backbone has 187 recorded individuals (DNP 2010).
On the Australian mainland, Siah’s Backbone is found in warmer rainforests, chiefly along watercourses. The altitudinal range is from near sea level to 800 m above sea level. The species grows in well developed rainforest, gallery forest and drier, more seasonal rainforest (ATRP 2010).
On Norfolk Island, the species is found in a variety of forest types, though it is rare (DNP 2010).
Siah's Backbone is dioecious (plants are either male or female) (DNP 2010) with fruit ripe in January–April (The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust 2011).
Competition from weeds and grazing by cattle are the main threats to Siah’s Backbone, as the species is recorded as very palatable to stock. On Norfolk Island, a parasite appears to be preventing seed set in many individuals, and many of the mature trees are male and cannot produce seed (DNP 2010).
For the population on Norfolk Island, the National Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan (DNP 2010) provides specific actions for Siah’s Backbone, including:
- weed control
- forest revegetation
- quarantine control to reduce the impact of alien diseases getting into the population
- engage the community to help protect the species
- determine the best method of treating the parasite that is affecting seed viability of Siah’s Backbone.
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:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes||Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan (Director of National Parks (DNP), 2010a) [State Recovery Plan].|
|Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence)||Commonwealth Listing Advice for Norfolk Island Flora - 16 Endangered Species (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2003z) [Listing Advice].|
|Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds||Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan (Director of National Parks (DNP), 2010a) [State Recovery Plan].|
|Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Infection by parasites||Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan (Director of National Parks (DNP), 2010a) [State Recovery Plan].|
|Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals||Commonwealth Listing Advice for Norfolk Island Flora - 16 Endangered Species (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2003z) [Listing Advice].|
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants (ATRP) (2010). Streblus pendulinus. [Online]. Available from: http://keys.trin.org.au:8080/key-server/data/0e0f0504-0103-430d-8004-060d07080d04/media/Html/taxon/Streblus_pendulinus.htm.
Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) (2010). Australian Plant Census. [Online]. Australian National Herbarium, Australian National Botanic Gardens and Australian Biological Resources Study . Available from: http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/.
Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) (2004i). What the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) means for Norfolk Islanders. [Online]. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/norfolk-island/pubs/norfolk-island.pdf.
Director of National Parks (DNP) (2010). Norfolk Island Region Threatened Species Recovery Plan. [Online]. Canberra, Director of National Parks Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/norfolk-island.html.
Green, P.S. (1994). Norfolk Island & Lord Howe Island. In: Flora of Australia. 49:1-681. Canberra, ACT: Australian Government Publishing Service.
Jessup, L.W. (2003). Flora of South-eastern Queensland: Volume 1: Changes to names or status of taxa. [Online]. Queensland Herbarium. Toowong, Queensland: Queensland Herbarium, Environmental Protection Agency. Available from: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/register/p00721aa.pdf.
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (2011). PlantNET. [Online]. The Plant Information Network System of The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia (version 2). Available from: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.
Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) (2003z). Commonwealth Listing Advice for Norfolk Island Flora - 16 Endangered Species. [Online]. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/species/norfolk-island-flora-endangered.html.
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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Streblus pendulinus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:53:29 +1100.