Hairy-fruited marianthus (Marianthus mollis) recovery plan
Western Austtralian Department of Environment and Conservation, 2008
Marianthus mollis is a low, spreading shrub to 50 cm tall. Its reddish-brown stems are initially covered with fine white hairs, but become grey and hairless with age. The leaves, 2 cm long by 1.1 cm wide, also lose hairs, though they persist along the margins and mid-veins. Leaf margins are flat and the leaf stalk is very short. Deep blue flowers are held on slender stalks, 1.5 to 2.5 cm long, in the leaf axils and are usually solitary. The petals have 3 or 4 distinct purple lines on the outer surface, and a pale throat.
Marianthus mollis was declared as Rare Flora in 1988 under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. It is currently ranked as Vulnerable under World Conservation Union Red List Criteria D1+2 (IUCN 1994) due to few locations and small population sizes. The species is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Six populations comprising some 1,242 plants are currently known.