An assessment of the conservation status of Senecio garlandii, in the Central and South Western Slopes, New South Wales

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Abstract

Senecio garlandii F. Muell. ex Belcher (Asteraceae) is a perennial subshrub found mainly on rocky outcrops in the South Western Slopes, New South Wales. It is listed as vulnerable in state, national and international listings. An assessment of its conservation status found i) Senecio garlandii has been recorded from about ten localities, ii) it has a relatively large (225 km) north to south distribution from Temora, NSW to Chiltern, Vic., iii) most populations were either within the reserve system (Ulandra, The Rock, Table Top Nature Reserves) or in areas managed for conservation, iv) large populations (> 30 000 individuals) were recorded at The Rock and Table Top Nature Reserves, v) the species appeared capable of regenerating in both the absence and presence of fire, and vi) the populations did not appear to be under direct threat. However, the known localities were highly disjunct and only three localities had substantiated recordings of large populations, while others had very small populations (e.g. < 200 individuals at Ulandra Nature Reserve). In addition, the species was largely restricted to rocky outcrops and on these it was generally restricted to the upper parts of the east- to south-facing talus slopes, often immediately below cliff lines (a small area of occupancy). Application of the IUCN red list criteria would indicate that Senecio garlandii should not be classified as vulnerable. Monitoring is needed to determine whether the populations are in decline or otherwise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
Number of pages12
JournalCunninghamia
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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