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Shedding some light on Thismia rodwayi F. Muell. (fairy lanterns) in Tasmania: distribution, habitat and conservation status
journal contributionposted on 2023-11-05, 22:20 authored by E Wapstra, N Roberts, F Duncan, A Woolley, J Morley, NB Fitzgerald
Thismia rodwayi is a seldom-seen, subterranean plant that occurs in Tasmania, the eastern states of the Australian mainland and New Zealand. Surveys for the species were prompted by a new record from Archers Sugarloaf near Meander in Tasmania's central north. Several new populations of the species were subsequently discovered in wet eucalypt forests dominated by Eucalyptus obliqua, E. regnans, E. delegatensis or E. viminalis, with an understorey dominated by Pomaderris apetala, Bedfordia salicina and/or Olearia argophylla. The species is now known from the Meander, Glen Huon, Little Denison River, Mount Field, Mount Wellington and Ben Lomond areas. Analysis of current information suggests that the listing of T. rodwayi under Schedule 5 (Rare) of the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 is appropriate.