The leafy nematolepis is a leafy conical shrub with branches that emerge horizontally or arch downwards and white, star-shaped flowers. Restricted to the upper slopes of Mt Elizabeth, between Bruthen and Ensay, Victoria, the leafy nematolepis grows in varied habitat ranging from low rock outcrop scrub near the mountain summit, to tall open forest. The single population is estimated to contain 3100 plants, all of which have been found in State Forest on Mt Elizabeth. Too frequent fires are considered a threat to the leafy nematolepis.
Leafy Nematolepis |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Nematolepis frondosa
Threats The leafy nematolepis is threatened by too frequent fire and potentially by logging.
Threat factor Threat Evidence base type and status Fire Too frequent suspected Fires occurring at intervals less than five years are likely to burning current destroy plants before they are old enough to produce seed to replenish the soil seedbank; and reduce likelihood of further recruitment or regeneration.