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Nematolepis wilsonii (shining nematolepis)

Shining nematolepis was thought to have become extinct in its one known site after the bush fires of February 2009. However, more intensive monitoring discovered a new population nearby with some adult plants and healthy seedlings.
Flower of Nematolepis wilsonii

Flower of Nematolepis wilsonii (Photo: Neville Walsh, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Nematolepis wilsonii (N.G.Walsh & Albr.) Paul G.Wilson

Common name: 

shining nematolepis, shiny nematolepis

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) in Australia.


Understorey of cool temperate (Nothofagus cunninghamii) rainforest and ecotones to tall open forests dominated by Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans).

Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Nematolepsis

About this species

A small tree or shrub with star-like white flowers, shining nematolepis became extinct in the wild when, on 7 February 2009, the 'Black Saturday' bush fires destroyed the one known population, along with the habitat of countless animals (including Victoria’s faunal emblem, the endangered leadbeaters possum). Over 4,500 square kilometres of land was burnt, more than 2,000 homes were destroyed and 173 people lost their lives.

Nematolepis wilsonii was formerly known as the shiny phebalium (Phebalium wilsonii).


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