Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Bertya ernestiana
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Bertya ernestiana (a shrub) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008iu) [Conservation Advice].
Commonwealth Listing Advice on Bertya ernestiana (a shrub) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2012d) [Listing 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 Bertya sp. Mt Ernest (G.Leiper AQ 507685).
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 Bertya ernestiana.
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Vulnerable (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list) as Bertya ernestiana
Scientific name Bertya ernestiana [78349]
Family Euphorbiaceae:Euphorbiales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Halford & R.J.F.Hend.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Austrobaileya 6(2): 200, fig. 2, map 8 (2002).
Other names Bertya sp. Mt Ernest (G.Leiper AQ 507685) [64553]
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

Bertya ernestiana is a branched shrub growing to 1.5 m high (Halford & Henderson 2002).

This species is known only from Mt Ernest, within Mt Barney National Park, in the Moreton district of south-eastern Queensland (BRI; Halford & Henderson 2002). The population is estimated to number a few hundred plants (D.Halford 2001, pers. comm.).

Bertya sp. Mt Ernest (G.Leiper AQ 507685) was formally named as Bertya ernestiana in 2002 (Halford & Henderson 2002).

It is most closely related to Bertya pedicellata but differs in its smaller stature (1.5 m rather than up to 6 m high), its glabrous rather than stellate-hairy stems, and its calyx lobes being less than, rather than exceeding, half the length of the capsule. Bertya ernestiana also appears never to have more than one flower per inflorescence, whereas Bertya pedicellata sometimes has two (Halford & Henderson 2002).

This species grows on skeletal sandy loam soils derived from rhyolite on steep rocky slopes and rock pavements in heath or open eucalypt forest with heath understorey (BRI; Halford & Henderson 2002).

Flowers and fruits have been recorded in April, July and September (BRI; Halford & Henderson 2002). Plants are monoecious (having male and female flowers on the same plant) (Halford & Henderson 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) Shorebird management strategy: Moreton Bay (Queenlsnd Department of Environment and Resource Management (Qld DERM), 2005) [Management Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Bertya ernestiana (a shrub) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008iu) [Conservation Advice].

Halford, D.A. & R.J.F.Henderson (2002). Studies in Euphorbiaceae A.L.Juss. sens. lat. 3. A revision of Bertya Planch. (Ricinocarpeae Müll.Arg., Bertyinae Müll.Arg.). Austrobaileya. 6(2):187-245.

Queensland Herbarium (2008b). Unpublished data.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Bertya ernestiana in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:05:38 +1000.