The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas.
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Scientific name: Cupaniopsis serrata
07 Nov 2003
Profile last updated:
05 Aug 2014
Smooth Tuckeroo is a small tree with hairy branches and leaf stems. The leaves are 16-30 cm long and divided into 6-12 leaflets that are 6-13 cm long and 1-4 cm wide and usually hairless, however, the lower surface may be finely hairy. They are strongly veined on the lower surface. The leaflet margins are toothed. The small, creamy-white flowers occur in simple or few-branched clusters. Fruit is a velvety-brown, three-lobed capsule.
The species occurs in Queensland and northern NSW, where it is confined to the Tweed Valley.
Habitat and ecology
- Rocky hillsides and subtropical and dry rainforest.
Regional distribution and habitat
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- Clearing and fragmentation of rainforest habitat for agriculture.
- Clearing and fragmentation of habitat for development.
- Weed invasion.
- Trampling by domestic stock.
- Disturbance by recreational users.
- Distrubance from road/track maintenance.
- Impacts from herbicides.
- Loss in NSW as a result of highly restricted distribution.
- Loss in NSW as a result of low population numbers.
- Inappropriate fire regime.
A targeted strategy for managing this species has been developed under the Saving Our Species program; click here
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Activities to assist this species
- Protect rainforest habitat from clearing and fragmentation.
- Assist with weed control programs in potential habitat.
- Exclude cattle from known habitat.
- Report any records of Smooth Tuckeroo to the OEH.
- Survey potential habitat for Smooth Tuckeroo.
- Provide ongoing advice to planning and consent authorities regarding Smooth Tuckeroo.
- Raise community and landholder awareness of the conservation significance of the species.
- Enhance habitat around known populations and develop corridor linkages.
- Implement fire regime appropriate for habitat type.
- Monitor population dynamics and threats to known populations.
- Maintain a viable exsitu collection.
- Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (2010) Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan - NSW & Queensland. (DECCW NSW, Sydney)
- Floyd, A.G. (1989) Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia. (Inkata Press, Sydney)
- Harden, G., McDonald, B. and Williams, J. (2006) Rainforest trees and shrubs: a field guide to their identification. (Gwen Harden Publishing, Nambucca Heads)
- Harden, G.J. (2002) Cupaniopsis. Pp 346-7 in Harden, G.J. (ed.) Flora of New South Wales. Volume 2. Revised Edition (New South Wales University Press, Sydney)
- NSW Scientific Committee (2003) Cupaniopsis serrata (a small tree) - Endangered species determination - final.
Known or predicted
Geographic restrictions region