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 Amphibromus whitei [3590]
Family Poaceae:Cyperales:Liliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author C.E.Hubb.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew (8 Nov. 1941) 30.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
Illustrations Google Images

Scientific name: Amphibromus whitei

Amphibromus whitei was a perennial "grass-like" plant, often growing in dense clumps or tufts to a height of 30–35 cm. The long, narrow leaves were scattered along the stems. The flat leaf blades, which joined the sheath gradually, were approximately 15 cm long and 1–1.5 mm wide, with a prominent midrib. The leaf margin was smooth. The base of the leaves were densely hairy with golden hairs turned downwards. The ligule (a thin outgrowth at the junction of the leaf and leafstalk) was 4–8 mm long (Weiller et al. 2009).

Amphibromus whitei was recorded from the Maranoa District of Queensland, near Roma, on the edge of a large fresh-water swamp (Weiller et al. 1995).

Amphibromus whitei was a bisexual plant (flowers contained both male and female reproductive parts). The flowerhead usually consisted of 1–3 small closed flowers (spikelets) clustered together. The flowerhead varied from pale green to green in colour. The main axis of the flowerhead was 6–12.5 cm long and the primary branches of the flowerhead were covered in scales (Weiller et al. 2009).

The dry, seed-like fruit of Amphibromus whitei was pale yellow-brown in colour, generally oblong in shape, about 1.3 mm long and 0.4 mm wide (Weiller et al. 2009).

The reasons for the decline and extinction of Amphibromus 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 Amphibromus whitei in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006ar) [Internet].

Weiller, C.M., S.W.L. Jacobs & I.R. Thompson (2009). Amphibromus, Holcus, Hierochloe, Anthoxanthum. In: Wilson, A.J.G., ed. Flora of Australia. 44A:132-133.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Amphibromus whitei in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:44:03 +1000.