Cassinia tegulata is a small to medium-sized shrub with hairy leaves and off-white to cream flowers. The species typically has an upright habit with fissured brown bark. Leaves are narrow and linear, 15-35 mm long and 1-1.5 mm wide. The upper surface of the leaves is grey-green to yellowish green with loose cottony hairs, smooth or sometimes with sparse hairs 0.05-0.07 mm long. The lower surface of the leaves is obscured by inwardly curved margins. Flowers are terminal, cluster-shaped and are off-white to cream in colour. Flowers are honey scented, but leaves and stems are odourless and not viscid.
Avenue Cassinia |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Cassinia tegulata
This combined with the effects of drought (and possibly climate change) on a species that requires relatively high soil water levels has and may continue to threaten this species.
The main potential threats to the Avenue Cassinia include inappropriate fire regimes; susceptibility to stochastic events and high edge to area ratios of the remaining populations.
Australian Government, Listing Advices, Cassinia tegulata
In addition; the effect of drought (and possibly climate change) is an ongoing threat to this species.
Other potential threats to this species include hybridisation (as has occurred at other sites as discussed in section 4 above); inappropriate fire regimes and fragmentation.