Albany District Rare Flora Recovery Team Eastern Stirling Range Montane Heath & Thicket Recovery

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Albany District Rare Flora Recovery Team 

Eastern Stirling Range Montane Heath & Thicket Recovery 



Recovery Team Annual Report 





By Sarah Barrett for the South West Threatened Flora and 

Communities Recovery Team 



The Albany District Rare Flora Recovery team met twice in 2003 on 11/3/02 and 5/9/03, 

field trips were incorporated into both meetings. Current membership is listed in Table 1. 


 Table 1. 



Andrew Brown 

Scientific Advisor (Flora), Threatened Species Unit 

Dave Coates 

Principle Research Scientist, Herbarium, CALM 

Sarah Comer (Chair) 

Ecologist, CALM, Albany 

Sarah Barrett 

Threatened Flora Officer 

Sue Oborne 

Community Representative, Ongerup, WFS 

Linda Strahan 

Community Representative, Ongerup 

Merle Bennett 

Community Representative, WFS Ravensthorpe 

Barbara Miller 

Community Representative, Bremer Bay 

Libby Sandiford 

Albany Wildflower Society Representative 

Anne Cochrane 

WA Threatened Flora Seed Centre 

Wendy Bradshaw 

Bushcare Support Officer 

Sylvia Leighton 

Land for Wildlife Officer 

Ann Burchell 

Community Rep Porongorup Herbarium 

Elsie Baesjou 

Friends of the Stirling Range NP 

Lawrie Anderson 

Wildlife Office (Flora), CALM Albany 

Greg Freebury 

CALM Environmental Officer, Albany 

Malcom Grant 

CALM Environmental Officer Ravensthorpe 


The Eastern Stirling Montane TEC Recovery Team met once 6/3/03, this team also co-

ordinates recovery actions for the ‘Montane Mallee of the Stirling Range’ TEC 

(Endangered). Team membership is given in Table 2. 


Table 2 



Andrew Brown 

Scientific Advisor (Flora), Threatened Species Unit 

Sarah Comer (Chair) 

Ecologist, CALM, Albany 

Sarah Barrett 

Threatened Flora Officer 

Russell Smith 

Phosphite Program Coordinator 

Geoff Harnett 


Dave McNamara 

Community Representative, Greenskills 

Joan Finlay 

Albany Bushwalkers Group 

Colin Yates 

Plant Ecologist, CALM Science 

Greg Freebury 

CALM Environmental Officer, Albany 

Martin Lloyd 

Regional Leader Recreation 


Summary of Recovery Actions  


Survey and monitoring  

One hundred and eight taxa of threatened (44) and priority (64) flora were surveyed or 

monitored in 2002 (approximately 350 site visits). Forty-two new populations or sub-

populations were located of threatened taxa (14 species) and 93 of priority taxa (44 


15 CR taxa were monitored once to twice annually (77 site visits).  Several new 

populations of priority and threatened taxa were located by Recovery Team members 

including a significant new population of Caladenia bryceana ssp bryceana in 

September. A survey of remnant vegetation on tree farms (ITC) by L. Sandiford resulted 

in new populations of threatened and priority flora, in particular Centrolepis caespitosa

Due to survey efforts eight P2 or P3 species were downgraded to P4. These were: Acacia 

dictyoneuraActinotus rhomboideus, Calothamnus crassus, Hakea hookeriana, Grevillea 

fistulosa, Grevillea coccinea ssp lanataVelleia foliosa and Melaleuca papillosa

Pleurophascum occidentale, “the Two -Peoples Bay moss” has been found to be 

widespread and was recommended to P4 Adenanthos cunninghamii and Eucalyptus 

bennettiae have been recommended from DRF to P4 based on genetic studies. 


obovata and Dryandra pseudoplumosa have been formally listed as DRF 


Phosphite application 

Phosphite was applied to 150 ha of Phytophthora cinnamomi- affected vegetation 

targeting threatened flora populations many of which were in either the Eastern Stirling 

Range TEC or Montane Mallee TEC. All of these sites were monitored to assess the 

effectiveness of phosphite applications. Critically endangered (CR) threatened flora 

sprayed in autumn 2003 were Banksia brownii, Dryandra anatona, Dryandra montana, 

Andersonia axilliflora, Daviesia glossosema, D. pseudaphylla, Leucopogon 

gnaphalioides and Persoonia micranthera.   Other threatened taxa sprayed were Daviesia 

obovata, Darwinia oxylepis, D. collina, D. squarrosa, Darwinia sp Stirling, Lambertia 

fairallii and Sphenotoma drummondii. 


Research studies 

A study investigating seedbanks, effects of disturbance, recruitment and seedling survival 

of Dryandra ionthocarpa EN was undertaken (Landscope visa funding). 

‘Demography and population dynamics of I. uncinatus’: monitoring quadrats were 

reassessed autumn and spring. 

Eastern Stirling Montane TEC:  fire ecology and impact of grazing research project 

continued in 2002, monitoring was conducted autumn and spring. 


Other recovery actions 

Seed orchard for Dryandra montana (CR): In August 2003 initial plantings were made 

and all plants caged. In December 2003 plants were monitored and all appeared healthy. 

Further plantings to be completed June 2004  

Draft of bushbook for Stirling Range Flora featuring many endemic and priority taxa has 

been produced with Anne Cochrane TFSC  

Two flora IRPs were written (Villarsia calthifolia, Centrolepis caespitosa EN). 

Additional survey for C. caespitosa has located 18 new populations. 

Draft IRP for Montane mallee TEC has been written, seven occurrences of this TEC were 

surveyed and the impact of P. cinnamomi assessed; threatened and priority flora surveyed  

A fire management strategy for the Stirling Range National Park has been produced.  

This identifies priority areas (TECs, threatened flora and fauna) for protection from fire 

and recommends the strategic use of planned fire to protect these areas. Data collection 

on juvenile period and cone production for key fire sensitive species in montane mallee 

TEC was commenced.  





Journal article Australasian Plant Pathology:  


Barrett SR, Shearer BL, Hardy GEStJ (2s003). The efficacy of phosphite applied 

post-inoculation on the colonisation of Banksia brownii stems by Phytophthora 

cinnamomi Australasian Plant Pathology 32, 1-7 



Rare flora leaflets distributed for D. confluens spring 2003 



Participated in TV documentary for Japanese TV on the impact of P. cinnamomi 

on threatened flora in the Stirling Range Nov 2004 



Gave presentation on to CALM graduate recruits on the impact of P. cinnamomi 

on threatened flora and the use to phosphite to protect threatened flora populations 


ABC radio interview on Dryandra montana seed orchard and new population of 

Caladenia bryceana



Presentation given to Dieback Consultative Committee on 

the impact of P. cinnamomi 

on threatened flora and TECs August 2003. 



Presentation given to the Stirling Range Fire Advisory Working Group on the impact of 

fire and P. cinnamomi on threatened flora and TECs in the SRNP 


Ongoing liaison regarding threatened flora issues with Shires, Main Roads WA, Western 

Power, Fire and Emergency Services. 

Document Outline

  • Summary of Recovery Actions
    • Survey and monitoring
  • Due to survey efforts eight P2 or P3 species were downgraded to P4. These were: Acacia dictyoneura, Actinotus rhomboideus, Calothamnus crassus, Hakea hookeriana, Grevillea fistulosa, Grevillea coccinea ssp lanata, Velleia foliosa and Melaleuca papillosa.
  • Pleurophascum occidentale, “the Two -Peoples Bay moss” has been found to be widespread and was recommended to P4 Adenanthos cunninghamii and Eucalyptus bennettiae have been recommended from DRF to P4 based on genetic studies. Daviesia obovata and Drya...
    • Phosphite application
    • Research studies
  • A study investigating seedbanks, effects of disturbance, recruitment and seedling survival of Dryandra ionthocarpa EN was undertaken (Landscope visa funding).
    • Other recovery actions
  • Seed orchard for Dryandra montana (CR): In August 2003 initial plantings were made and all plants caged. In December 2003 plants were monitored and all appeared healthy. Further plantings to be completed June 2004
  • Draft of bushbook for Stirling Range Flora featuring many endemic and priority taxa has been produced with Anne Cochrane TFSC
  • Two flora IRPs were written (Villarsia calthifolia, Centrolepis caespitosa EN). Additional survey for C. caespitosa has located 18 new populations.
  • Draft IRP for Montane mallee TEC has been written, seven occurrences of this TEC were surveyed and the impact of P. cinnamomi assessed; threatened and priority flora surveyed
  • A fire management strategy for the Stirling Range National Park has been produced.  This identifies priority areas (TECs, threatened flora and fauna) for protection from fire and recommends the strategic use of planned fire to protect these areas. Dat...
    • Liaison

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