Baeckea kandos (a shrub) - endangered species listing

NSW Scientific Committee - final determination

The Scientific Committee, established by the Threatened Species Conservation Act, has made a Final Determination to listBaeckea kandos A.R. Bean, a shrub, as an ENDANGERED SPECIES on Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Act. The listing of Endangered Species is provided for by Part 2 of the Act.

The Scientific Committee has found that:

1.Baeckea kandos was first described by A.R. Bean in 1997, from a 1990 collection made by A.J. Ford from the Wollemi National Park, NE of Kandos, New South Wales. Baeckea kandos was previously referred to as B. sp. E (Harden 1991, Flora of NSW Vol. 2) or B. sp. 6 (Briggs and Leigh 1996 Rare or Threatened Australian Plants, CSIRO).

2.Baeckea kandos (Myrtaceae) has been described in Telopea 7(3): 245-268, by Bean (1997) as: A shrub to 2 m high. Bark unknown. Branchlets pink, segments flat, not flanged, margins entire; oil glands present. Leaves solitary at each node, linear to linear-oblanceolate, straight, concavo-convex, not keeled, 3.3-5.8 mm long, 0.6-1.0 mm wide, oil glands visible on both surfaces, scattered, midvein not visible, margins entire, apex obtuse, base cuneate; petioles c. 0.5 mm long. Peduncles c. 0.3 mm long; pedicels 1.0-1.5 mm long, bracteoles linear, c. 1.0 mm long, caducous before anthesis, apex acute, margins entire. Hypanthium obconical, 1.7-2.1 mm long, smooth, fused to the ovary except distally. Sepals simple, semi-orbicular, 0.5-0.6 x 0.7-0.8 mm, thin, apex obtuse, margins entire. Corolla up to 5 mm across; petals white, orbicular, 1.5-1.9 x 1.5-1.9 mm, oil glands present, margins entire. Stamens 10-12, in groups of 1-3 opposite the sepals, some longer than others; filaments c. 0.8 mm long, not glandular; anthers versatile, c. 0.3 mm long, connective gland brown, c. one-quarter as long as anther cells. Style terete, c. 0.5 mm long at anthesis, stigma broadly capitate. Ovary 2-locular, roof of ovary concave, ovules 12 or 13 per loculus, arranged in two longitudinal rows on placenta. Fruit cylindrical, c. 1.6 x 1.9 mm, valves inconspicuous, not woody. Seeds c. 0.7 mm long, brown.

3.Baeckea kandos is restricted to the Kandos area, New South Wales, where it is known from a single population comprising less than 100 individuals. The population is reserved within Wollemi National Park.

4.Baeckea kandos has an extremely restricted geographic range and is at risk due to its very low population size. Baeckea kandos may also be threatened with activities associated with the maintenance of tracks and weirs.

5. In view of 3 and 4 above the Scientific Committee is of the opinion that Baeckea kandos is likely to become extinct in nature in New South Wales unless the circumstances and factors threatening its survival or evolutionary development cease to operate.

Proposed Gazettal date: 15/12/00

Exhibition period: 15/12/00 - 25/01/01

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