Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Extinct
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Extinct in the Wild (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list)
Scientific name Hymenophyllum whitei [15113]
Family Hymenophyllaceae:Hymenophyllales:Polypodiatae:Polypodiophyta:Plantae
Species author Goy
Infraspecies author  
Reference The Queensland Naturalist 11 (Aug. 1941) 127, & Plate.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
Illustrations Google Images

Scientific name: Hymenophyllum whitei

Hymenophyllum whitei was an epiphytic fern (growing on another living plant). The species had rhizomes (horizontal stems embedded in the host plant's tissue) that were thread-like, branched, smooth, or with minute hair-like appendages. The fronds (fern leaves) were 1.2–2.7 cm long. The leaf stems were slender, not winged, 1–5 mm long, and scattered along the rhizome. The pale bluish-green leaves were linear-oblong or ovate-oblong in shape, and deeply divided into 5–10 smooth, rounded segments, each 2–3 mm wide. Most segments were forked. The spore capsules were borne singly at the tips of the leaf lobes (Bostock & Spokes 1998).

Hymenophyllum whitei was known from Thornton Peak in north-eastern Queensland (Bostock & Spokes 1998).

Hymenophyllum whitei was found growing in tropical rainforest at approximately 1000 m altitude (Bostock & Spokes 1998).

As a member of the fern group Hymenophyllum whitei reproduced by means of spores and did not have flowers. No details of its reproductive mechanism or timing were recorded (Bostock & Spokes 1998).

The reasons for the extinction of Hymenophyllum whitei are unknown.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Uncategorised:Uncategorised:threats not specified Hymenophyllum whitei in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006nu) [Internet].

Bostock, P.D. & T.M. Spokes (1998). Hymenophyllaceae. In: Flora of Australia. 48:116-148. Canberra, ACT: ABRS/CSIRO.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Hymenophyllum whitei in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:32:44 +1000.