Threatened Species – Flora

Listed Flora Species

King Island has 49 flora species listed in the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 Act.

Three of these are also listed in the EPBC Act: scrambling groundfern (Hypolepis distans), leafy greenhood (Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullata), swamp fireweed (Senecio psilocarpus)

Native Vegetation Communities

King Island has 28 broadly defined native vegetation communities, including forest and woodland communities, scrubs, grasslands, heathlands, wetlands, spray zone coastal complex and salt marsh.

Twelve native vegetation communities are listed as priority for management in the King Island Biodiversity Management Plan (KIBMP).

There are seven native vegetation communities listed as threatened under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 (Tasmania):

  • Eucalyptus brookeriana wet forest
  • Eucalyptus globulus King Island forest
  • Eucalyptus ovata forest and woodland
  • Melaleuca ericifolia swamp forest
  • Seabird rockery complex
  • Spray zone coastal complex
  • Wetlands

Vegetation communities have been mapped in TASVEG on a broad scale which is inaccurate for King Island and should be taken as a guide only.

King Island’s history of fires, land clearing and agricultural development has led to modification and fragmentation of vegetation communities. Management actions are needed to reverse this trend.

Further information can be found in this document:




Last Updated on 27 August 2021