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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 Endangered as Amyema plicatula
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [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 Amyema scandens.
 
Amendment to the list of threatened species under section 178, 181 and 183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (160) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2014h) [Legislative Instrument] as Amyema plicatula.
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Threatened Species Information - Amyema scandens (NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, 1999ar) [Internet].
NSW:Amyema plicatula - profile (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW OEH), 2012t) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list) as Amyema plicatula
Scientific name Amyema plicatula [81879]
Family Loranthaceae:Santalales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author (K.Krause) Danser
Infraspecies author  
Reference Danser, B.H. (1929) On the taxonomy and nomenclature of the Loranthaceae of Asia and Australia. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de uitenzorg Series 3 10(3): 298
Other names Amyema scandens [64498]
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

Amyema scandens is a mistletoe, glabrous (smooth, without any stem or leaf surface hairs) except for the flowers, with external runners and distinctive elliptic to circular leaves (Harden 1992; NSW NPWS 1999ar).

This species is known from only one location in Australia, within the Rocky Creek area, north of Lismore in northern NSW. It also occurs in New Guinea, New Caledonia and Vanuatu (Harden 1992; Sheringham & Westaway 1995; NSW NPWS 1999ar).

A. scandens is parasitic on the Rosewood (Dysoxylum fraserianum). The species occurs within a remnant rainforest fragment on cleared farmland (Sheringham & Westaway 1995; NSW NPWS 1999ar).

Flowering occurs in the summer, and the fruit are small and pink to red in colour (Harden 1992; NSW NPWS 1999ar).

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
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Amyema scandens in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006as) [Internet].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [Conservation Advice].
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Biological Resource Use:Logging and Wood Harvesting:Habitat disturbance due to foresty activities Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [Conservation Advice].
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Habitat Shifting and Alteration:Habitat loss, modification and/or degradation Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Amyema scandens in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006as) [Internet].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [Conservation Advice].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human induced disturbance due to unspecified activities Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [Conservation Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Presence of pathogens and resulting disease Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2010n) [State Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [Conservation Advice].
Protected status:Protected status:Lack of secure conservation land tenure Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Amyema plicatula (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008hu) [Conservation Advice].

Harden, G.J. (Ed.) (1992). Flora of New South Wales Volume 3. Kensington, NSW: University of NSW Press.

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (1999ar). Threatened Species Information - Amyema scandens. [Online]. Hurstville: NSW NPWS. Available from: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/nature/tsprofileAmyemaScandens.pdf.

Sheringham, P. & J. Westaway (1995). Significant Vascular Plants of Upper North East NSW: A report by the NSW NPWS for the Natural Resources Audit Council. NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Amyema plicatula in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:02:58 +1000.