The White Star-bush (Asterolasia asteriscophora subsp. albiflora mole), also known as the Emerald Star-bush, is a slender upright shrub growing to 1.5 metres tall with dark green obovate to almost circular leaves, reaching 30 x 10 mm in size. The White Star-bush is restricted to the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria where it grows in small clusters in undisturbed vegetation on private and public land, including road reserves.
White Star-bush is listed as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act). White Star-bush is considered endangered in Victoria according to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)’s Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria.
A group of enthusiastic people including local residents, representatives from the Emerald Village Committee, Cardinia Shire Environment Team, Emerald for Sustainability and Johns Hill Land Care Group have joined together to raise awareness about the endangered nature of the Emerald Star Bush and to encourage protection of this endangered floral species. For more information see the Emerald Star Bush Community Partnership Project.
Also read the case study Communities, Collaboration & Conservation prepared by Jillian Staton