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Scientific name: Homoranthus lunatus
Profile last updated:
22 Jan 2014
Crescent-leaved Homoranthus is a low, spreading shrub to about 40 cm tall. The flattened and distinctive crescent-shaped leaves are paired on the stem, with successive pairs at right angles to each other, and 4 - 10 mm long, 1 - 2 mm thick and less than 0.3 mm wide, with a spiky tip. The yellow flowers are about 5 mm long and are borne solitary (ie not grouped together) between stem and leaf with one to six flowers on each branch.
Occurs near Tenterfield and Torrington on the New England Tablelands of NSW, including Bald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo National Parks near Tenterfield.
Habitat and ecology
- Flowers from July to November. . The species does not spread vegetatively and is an obligate seeder.
- Crescent-leaved Homoranthus grows in heath, shrub and woodland communities in sandy soils on granite outcrops and slopes.
- Associated species include Callitris woodland with Micrantheum, Banksia and Isopogon species. A disjunct population of Homoranthus lunatus recorded from heath on a granite outcrop, was found associated with Leptospermum novae-angliae, Leucopogon neo-anglicus, Leucopogon biflorus, Prostanthera staurophylla, Brachyloma saxicola and Olax stricta.
- Likely to be highly fire-sensitive and intolerant to frequent fire disturbance.
- A small population of Homoranthus lunatus south-west of Torrington comprised about 20 healthy juvenile and adult plants. The species has also been recorded in populations as very rare (about 6 plants in population), with a scattered distribution, and locally common over about 3 hectares.
Regional distribution and habitat
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- Inappropriate fire regimes.
- Browsing by feral goats, and associated soil compaction, erosion of the rocky habitat and nutrient addition.
- Grows in small and very localised populations and would be vulnerable to catastrophic events such as fire, localised clearing and logging.
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
- Control feral goats in habitat areas.
- Rehabilitate and protect disturbed areas of potential and known habitat from clearing and fragmentation.
- Protection from frequent fires.
- Report new records of Crescent-leaved Homoranthus to the DEC.
- Briggs, J.D. and Leigh, J.H. (1996) Rare or Threatened Australian Plants. Revised Edition. (CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne)
- Craven, L.A. and Jones, S.R. (1991) A taxonomic review of Homoranthus and two new species of Darwinia (both Myrtaceae, Chamelaucieae). Australian Systematic Botany 4(4): 513-533.
- Hunter, J.T. (1997) A further record of Homoranthus lunatus Craven & S.R. Jones (Myrtaceae) for northern New South Wales. The Queensland Naturalist 35(1-3): 24-25.
- Hunter, J.T., Clarke, P.J., Copeland, L.M., Nano, C.E., Williams, J.B. and Wills, K.E. (1998) The Vegetation and Plant Species of Torrington State Recreation Area (Division of Botany, University of New England, Armidale).
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (2003) Threatened Species of the New England Tablelands and North West Slopes of NSW. (NSW NPWS, Coffs Harbour)
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (2003) Torrington State Conservation Area Plan of Management.
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