Australian and NSW Scientific Committee,
EPBC&NP&WS
Canberra and Hurstville ACT&NSW

Dear Madam/Sir,

Attention Chairperson and Secretary

Eco-threatening Process: Camphor Laurel Toxic Chemotypes and Species Spread into Rainforest.

Our organization officially supports the Nomination of Cinnamomum camphora (all subspecies according to East Asian Botanists) and their toxic/very toxic and extremely toxic ('Bird Killer') chemotypes as a threatening, exotic, feral, invasive and poisonous plant, in short in physical and chemical terms ...

  • threatening native fauna by its sheer numbers, rate of invasion, and geographic spread (Atherton to Perth) in coastal regions, now confirmed spread into:
    1. dry rainforest least-disturbed remnant communities (Upper Clarence Valley Landcare) Scientist OIC;
    2. East Gippsland River Valley grasslands (Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens 2003) by seeding-birdspread of 'hybrids';
    3. New England Highlands (Tenterfield and Uralla) up to circa 1000ms, and west to Dubbo, also now seeding 2002-03.
  • Threatening native flora and fauna by the spread of 'toxicity genes' in Camphor laurel pollen, and the eighteen toxins known to be in the tree arising from the expression of these genes including more toxic chemotypes, artificially selected under 'bird roosting trees' in regenerating forest areas, under which up to 500 Camphor laurels per sq-metre can germinate, and only the roost/extremely toxic and allelopathic seedling survives (on most poor soils/well drained, drier slopes).

We wholeheartedly support the Threatening Species Nomination.

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Address to: NSW Scientific Committee, NP&WS, PO Box 1967, Hurstville NSW 2220