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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered as Zieria covenyi
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria covenyi (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008fk) [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 Zieria covenyi.
 
Amendment to the list of threatened species under section 178 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (11/04/2007) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2007f) [Legislative Instrument] as Zieria covenyi.
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Coveny's Zieria - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005nf) [Internet].
NSW:Zieria covenyi Threatened Species Information (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS), 2000at) [Information Sheet].
NSW:Environmental Impact assessment Guidelines - Zieria covenyi (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS), 2000au) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list) as Zieria covenyi
Scientific name Zieria covenyi [56732]
Family Rutaceae:Sapindales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author J.A.Armstr.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Armstrong, J.A. (2002) Zieria (Rutaceae): a systematic and evolutionary study. Australian Systematic Botany 15(3): 337-341, Figs. 35, 36, 37 (map) [tax. nov.]
Other names Zieria sp. 9 (sp. 'I'; Narrow Neck Peninsula) [24556]
Zieria covenyi Armstrong ms. [67315]
Zieria covenyi J.A.Armstrong ms. [67385]
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

An erect shrub up to 2 m high (Armstrong 2002; Harden 2002) with conspicuous white to pale pink flowers 10-13 mm in diameter (Armstrong 2002).

The species has a very restricted distribution and is known only from two populations several kilometres apart on Narrow Neck Peninsula in the Blue Mountains NP, NSW (Briggs & Leigh 1996; Armstrong 2002; Harden 2002; Tuckey, K. 2003, pers. comm.).

The two populations consist of approximately 100 and 170 individual stems respectively (Tuckey, K. 2003, pers. comm.). Analysis of leaf proteins revealed no genetic variation within the first population, suggesting that it is a single clone (Armstrong 2002). No information is yet available about genetic diversity within the larger and more recently discovered population.

The species was formerly known as Zieria sp. F (Harden 1991).

This species grows in eucalypt woodland on sandy soils (Harden 2002; Armstrong 2002). Associated vegetation includes Eucalyptus sieberi, Leptospermum attenuatum, Telopea speciosissima, Banksia serrata, Hakea dactyloides, Olearia erubescens and Brachyloma daphnoides (Armstrong 2002).

Flowers are borne in summer, in Oct.-Dec (Armstrong 2002; Harden 2002). Fruits have never been observed. Numerous nectar-seeking insects have been observed visiting the blossoms but none carried fertile pollen. The species is triploid, completely pollen sterile and may be a hybrid. (Armstrong 2002).

This species is a disturbance opportunist with the capacity to reproduce vegetatively by clonal division following root suckering. Genetic analysis of the first population suggests that it is a single clone (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
Biological Resource Use:Gathering Terrestrial Plants:Inappropriate and illegal collection of plants Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria covenyi (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008fk) [Conservation Advice].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Zieria covenyi in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006xb) [Internet].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria covenyi (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008fk) [Conservation Advice].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low fecundity, reproductive rate and/or poor recruitment Zieria covenyi in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006xb) [Internet].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low genetic diversity and genetic inbreeding Zieria covenyi in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006xb) [Internet].
Transportation and Service Corridors:Roads and Railroads:Development and/or maintenance of roads Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria covenyi (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008fk) [Conservation Advice].

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.

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

Harden, G.J. (ed.) (2002). Flora of New South Wales, Volume Two - rev. edn. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Tuckey, K. (2003). Personal communication.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Zieria covenyi in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:22:26 +1000.