Species Profile and Threats Database

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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
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria murphyi (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008fm) [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 Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Velvet Zieria - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005nm) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Vulnerable (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): August 2014 list)
Scientific name Zieria murphyi [4634]
Family Rutaceae:Sapindales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Blakely
Infraspecies author  
Reference The Australian Naturalist 10: 246 (May 1940).
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

A soft, hairy, slender shrub to 2 m high (Harden 1991; Fairley & Moore 2000; Armstrong 2002) with white to pale pink flowers up to 9.6 mm in diameter (Armstrong 2002).

Endemic to the Sydney district of NSW (Fairley & Moore 2000), the species is found on the ranges from Mt Tomah to the Penrose area (Harden 1991; Armstrong 2002). It has been recorded near Mt Tomah and in the southern highlands at Penrose and Bundanoon (Fairley & Moore 2000; Armstrong 2002).

Several populations of fewer that 1000 plants are known to occur in both Blue Mountains and Morton NPs (Briggs & Leigh 1996). The few populations in the Penrose area are believed to be within Morton NP. The largest of these is between 250 and 500 plants, but the others are much smaller, eg. 10 plants at one site (Armstrong 2002). There are 15-20 plants in the population at Lovers Walk, Morton NP, Bundanoon (K. McDougall in Armstrong 2002).

The species grows in open, dry sclerophyll forest, on sandy soils on sandstone and in sheltered sites, often just below clifflines (Harden 2002; Fairley & Moore 2000; Armstrong 2002). Associated species include Eucalyptus stricta, Dillwynia sericea and Lomandra longifolia (Armstrong 2002).

Flowers occur in spring (Aug.-Sept.) with fruiting specimens observed in summer (Harden 1991; Fairley & Moore 2000; Armstrong 2002).

The Mt Tomah population starts flowering in late August. At this site, nectar-seeking beetles were observed effectively pollinating the blossoms, whilst at Bundanoon, nectar-seeking and pollen-feeding flies were the pollinators (Armstrong 2002).

The species is capable of setting fruit following self-pollination (Armstrong 2002).

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
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria murphyi (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008fm) [Conservation Advice].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals Zieria murphyi in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006xf) [Internet].

Armstrong, J.A. (2002). Zieria (Rutaceae): a systematic and evolutionary study. Australian Systematic Botany. 15:277-463.

Briggs, J.D. & J.H. Leigh (1996). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants - Revised Edition. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.

Fairley, A. & P. Moore (2000). Native Plants of the Sydney District, An Identification Guide. Roseville, NSW; Kangaroo Press.

Harden, G.J. (ed.) (1991). Flora of New South Wales, Volume Two. Kensington, NSW: University of NSW Press.

Meredith, L.D. & M.M. Richardson (1990). Rare or Threatened Australian Plant Species in Cultivation in Australia. Report Series No. 15. Page(s) 1-114. Canberra: Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Zieria murphyi in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:14:57 +1000.