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Species Profile and Threats Database


For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
 
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 Boronia umbellata (Orara Boronia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ax) [Conservation Advice].
 
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, included on the Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010l) [Recovery Plan].
 
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:Orara Boronia - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005au) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Vulnerable (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list)
Scientific name Boronia umbellata [56301]
Family Rutaceae:Sapindales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author P.H.Weston
Infraspecies author  
Reference Telopea 4(1): 124 (1990).
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

Boronia umbellata is an erect much-branched shrub to 1-2 m tall with pale to bright pink flowers (Weston 1990; Steenbeeke 1998; Duretto 1999b).

This species occurs on the coastal ranges between Athol Glen & Coramba, north of Coffs Harbour, north-eastern NSW (Weston 1990).

Twelve populations are known (NSW NPWS 2004a), one of which is conserved in Madmans Ck Flora Reserve (population size not accurately known) (Briggs & Leigh 1996). This plant has also been collected from Wedding Bells State Forest (Weston 1990).

This species was formerly known as Boronia sp. E (aff. mollis). It has been confused wirh B. rubiginosa and B. keysii but differs in its leaflet morphology (Weston 1990).

This species occurs in coastal ranges, in sclerophyll forest on sandstone & metasediments at 100-600 m alt. (Weston 1990). It also occurs in (or is likely to occur in) heath, mainly at low to medium altitudes. Variable geology and soils are favoured (Steenbeeke 1998).

Flowering occurs June-Nov. (Weston 1990; Duretto 1999b).

Fruits are glabrous, segmented, dehiscent, surrounded by the persistent corolla and mature on the plant Oct.-Dec. (Steenbeeke 1998; Duretto 1999b).

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 Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010p) [State Recovery Plan].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Boronia umbellata (Orara Boronia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ax) [Conservation Advice].
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Habitat Shifting and Alteration:Habitat loss, modification and/or degradation Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010p) [State Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010p) [State Recovery Plan].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Boronia umbellata (Orara Boronia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ax) [Conservation Advice].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human induced disturbance due to unspecified activities Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010p) [State Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010p) [State Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Northern Rivers Regional Biodiversity Management Plan (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010p) [State Recovery Plan].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Boronia umbellata (Orara Boronia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ax) [Conservation Advice].
Transportation and Service Corridors:Roads and Railroads:Development and/or maintenance of roads Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Boronia umbellata (Orara Boronia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ax) [Conservation Advice].

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

Duretto, M.F. (1999b). Systematics of Boronia section Valvatae sensu lato (Rutaceae). Muelleria. 12(1):1-132.

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (2004a). Atlas of NSW Wildlife. [Online]. Available from: http://wildlifeatlas.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/wildlifeatlas/watlas.jsp?SpeciesName=Boronia%20umbellata&CommonName=&SpeciesCode=9099&selFF=FL&spWiz=checked&help=.

Steenbeeke, G. (1998). Clarence Rare Plant Species Information. [Online]. Available from: http://www.nor.com.au/environment/clarencecatchment/vegetation/rares/rarein.htm.

Weston, P.H. (1990). Notes on Boronia (Rutaceae) in New South Wales, including descriptions of three new species. Telopea. 4(1):121-128. National Herbarium of NSW, Sydney.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Boronia umbellata in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:19:32 +1000.