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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Conostylis drummondii (Drummond's Conostylis) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008km) [Conservation Advice].
 
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
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 Government
    Documents and Websites
WA:Declared Rare Flora in the Katanning District (Graham, M. & M. Mitchell, 2000) [State Species Management Plan].
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Endangered (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013 list)
Scientific name Conostylis drummondii [5885]
Family Haemodoraceae:Liliales:Liliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Benth.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Flora Australiensis 6 (23 Sep. 1873) 433.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Drummond's Conostylis is a rhizomatous, tufted, perennial, grass-like herb with erect, finely hairy, rounded leaves to 30 cm long, faintly blue-grey in appearance (Graham & Mitchell 2001). Flowers are yellow with stamens occurring at two levels (Brown et al. 1998).

Occurs in the Boscabel-Arthur River-Wagin area (Hopper et al. 1987) in the wheatbelt region (Katanning District) of WA. In 2001 there were 9 populations with a number of subpopulations, one population occurring in a nature reserve (Graham & Mitchell, 2001).

Population details as in Graham & Mitchell (2001):

Population [as
numbered by
WA CALM]
LocationLand StatusYear of survey/
number of plants
Condition
1WaginNR1988 - 250+Damaged by rabbits
2aBoscabelRoad1990 - 26Undisturbed
2bBoscabelRoad1990 - 4Undisturbed
2cBoscabelPrivate1988 - ca 1000Some disturbance
3KonjupOCL (Other Crown Land)1989 - 50+Grazing by kangaroos
4aBeaufortRoad1989 - 141Minor grazing by kangaroos
4bBeaufortOCL1989 - 125Minor grazing by kangaroos
5MarribankOCL 1989 - 1Undisturbed
6aMarribankOCL1989 - 1Undisturbed
6bMarribankOCL1990 - 18Undisturbed
7BeaufortOCL1991 - 230+Some grazed by rabbits
8Arthur RiverOCL1989 - nilPopulation destroyed
9ChittinupTR (Timber Reserve)1992 - 25Undisturbed

Grows near watercourses in low open banksia woodland and heath (Hopper et al. 1987) and occurs on white, grey or yellow sand or gravel (Paczkowska & Chapman 2000). It is usually associated with Banksia prionotes, B. attenuata, Leptospermum erubescens and Regelia cymbifolia (Graham & Mitchell 2001).

Flowering occurs Oct. to Nov. (Hopper et al. 1987). The genus consists of a mixture of insect and bird pollinated species (Holland et al. 1997b). It may reproduce by seed but can also sprout from rhizomatous buds (Paczkowska & Chapman 2000).

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
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Conostylis drummondii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fc) [Internet].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Ecosystem Degradation:Decline in habitat quality Conostylis drummondii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fc) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Oryctolagus cuniculus (Rabbit, European Rabbit) Conostylis drummondii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fc) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Vegetation and habitat loss caused by dieback Phytophthora cinnamomi Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Conostylis drummondii (Drummond's Conostylis) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008km) [Conservation Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Problematic Native Species:Competition, predation and/or habitat degradation by kangaroos and wallabies Conostylis drummondii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fc) [Internet].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Conostylis drummondii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fc) [Internet].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Poor recruitment (regeneration) and declining population numbers Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Conostylis drummondii (Drummond's Conostylis) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008km) [Conservation Advice].

Brown, A., C. Thomson-Dans & N. Marchant, eds. (1998). Western Australia's Threatened Flora. Como, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG) (1994). Census of plants in botanic gardens. [Online]. Canberra: Australian National Botanic Gardens. Available from: http://www.anbg.gov.au/chabg/census/census.html.

Graham, M. & M. Mitchell (2000). Declared Rare Flora in the Katanning District. [Online]. Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management. Available from: http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/threatened-species-and-communities/threatened-plants.

Grein, S.B. (1994). Native Vegetation Handbook for the Shire of Woonanilling. Page(s) 43. Western Australian Department of Agriculture.

Holland, E., K. Kershaw & A. Brown (1997b). Small-flowered Conostylis (Conostylis micrantha) Interim Recovery Plan 1996-1999. Wanneroo, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Hopper, S.D., R.W. Purdie, A.S. George & S.J. Patrick (1987). Conostylis. In: Flora of Australia. 45:57-110. Canberra, ACT: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Paczkowska, G. & A.R. Chapman (2000). The Western Australian Flora, A Descriptive Catalogue. The Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc.), the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Conostylis drummondii in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:02:16 +1000.