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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Zieria obovata
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria obovata (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008xj) [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 obovata.
 
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 obovata.
 
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Vulnerable (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list) as Zieria obovata
Scientific name Zieria obovata [56758]
Family Rutaceae:Sapindales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author (C.T.White) J.A.Armstrong
Infraspecies author  
Reference Australian Systematic Botany 15: 408, figs 95-96, map fig. 97 (2002)
Other names Zieria sp. 4 (sp. "A"; Herberton) [24551]
Zieria aspalathoides var. obovatum [46569]
Zieria sp. Herberton (J.A.Armstrong 1025) [66700]
Zieria obovata (C.T.White) Armstrong ms. [67318]
Zieria obovata (C.T.White) J.A.Armstrong ms. [67387]
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

Small, shrub to 1 m high, with cream to pale pink flowers, 5-6 mm in diameter (Armstrong 2002).

Known only from Wild River Gorge, near Herberton (North Kennedy District) and at Stannery Hills (Cook District) in north-eastern Qld (Armstrong 2002).

As Z. sp. (Herberton J.A.Armstrong 1025), recorded from the Cook (2 specimens) and North Kennedy (5 specimens) districts. No more detailed information available in the published literature (Henderson 1997).

The taxon is not known to occur in a conservation reserve (Briggs & Leigh 1996; Armstrong 2002).

There is considerable confusion about the circumscription of this species. Virtually no information is available under the name Zieria sp. Herberton (J.A. Armstrong 1025). It is treated by the Queensland Herbarium as distinct from the more widespread taxon that they call Z. aspalathoides var. obovata. However, Armstrong (2002), included Zieria sp. Herberton within Z. obovata when he described that species in 2002. Botanists at the Qld Herbarium do not recognise Z. obovata as a valid species (Qld Herbarium 1999, pers. comm.). Until this taxonomic debate is resolved, the Herberton form of the taxon remains listed as Z. obovata.

Z. obovata, as described by Armstrong (2002), has been confused with Z. minutiflora but differs from that species in having leaves that have notched apices and are hairless on the upper surfaces, and flower spikes that are longer than the leaves (Armstrong 2002).

At the Wild River Gorge site, found growing out of the granite rockface, in skeletal sandy soil associated with low cliff-side scrub. Also grows as an understorey shrub in eucalypt open forest near the Gorge (Armstrong 2002).

Flowering specimens have been found in spring, with fruiting specimens observed in summer (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
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria obovata (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008xj) [Conservation Advice].
Energy Production and Mining:Mining and Quarrying:Habitat destruction, disturbance and/or modification due to mining activities Species threats data recorded on the SPRAT database between 1999-2002 (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2012i) [Database].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human induced disturbance due to unspecified activities Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria obovata (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008xj) [Conservation Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Lantana camara (Lantana, Common Lantana, Kamara Lantana, Large-leaf Lantana, Pink Flowered Lantana, Red Flowered Lantana, Red-Flowered Sage, White Sage, Wild Sage) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria obovata (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008xj) [Conservation Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria obovata (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008xj) [Conservation Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Zieria obovata (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008xj) [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.

Henderson, R.J.F. (1997). Queensland Plants Names and Distribution. Queensland Herbarium: Indooroopilly.

Queensland Herbarium (1999). Personal communication.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Zieria obovata in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:14:30 +1000.