Southern mousetails rediscovered on the eastern Central Plateau
Southern mousetail (Myosurus australis) has a very limited history of observations in Tasmania, with the first at Jericho in 1970 and the next on the Central Plateau in 2005 by North Barker. The species has not been observed since at either location. It is subsequently listed as endangered on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995.
During development assessment surveys in the summer of 2019/20, staff of North Barker were delighted to discover thousands of plants of the elusive mousetail occurring in ephemeral wet soaks within highland treeless habitats. Through collaboration with the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre, a collection of seeds were secured, which the TSCC have since used for growth and germination trials and which will be the basis of a seed orchard to develop a collection for the seed bank. The discovery has thus added substantially to the knowledge and conservation status of the species in Tasmania.