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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, this species had a recovery plan in force at the time the legislation provided for the Minister to decide whether or not to have a recovery plan (19/2/2007).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
 
Other EPBC Act Plans Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (Department of the Environment, 2014a) [Threat Abatement Plan].
 
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 & Poorly Known Flora in the Albany District. Western Australian wildlife management program no. 20 (Robinson, C.J. & D.J. Coates, 1995) [State Action Plan].
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Critically Endangered (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013 list)
Scientific name Persoonia micranthera [64939]
Family Proteaceae:Proteales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author P.H.Weston
Infraspecies author  
Reference Telopea 6(1): 116, fig. 21b (map) (1994).
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

Sprawling to prostrate shrub, 10-40 cm high, usually branching from near the base, with yellow flowers and thin bark (Weston 1994).

Restricted to three peaks in the eastern section of Stirling Range NP, WA (Evans et al. 1999).

An intense fire in April 1991 burnt all populations of Persoonia micranthera, leaving only three adult plants at Isongerup Peak intact in an unburnt pocket. A survey of Bluff Knoll was subsequently conducted in late 1991 to assess post-fire regeneration. No seedlings were found during this survey (Barrett 1996 in Evans et al. 1999).

Summary of population information and threats, as in Evans et al. (1999):

Population No. & LocationLand statusYear/number of plantsCondition
1. Bluff KnollNational Park1990 - 1 adult
1999 - 2 seedlings
Moderate
2. Coyanerup PeakNational Park1980 - 1 adult
1990 - 0
Possibly extinct
3. Isongerup PeakNational Park1997 - 3 adults + 150 seedlingsModerate

Grows as an understorey shrub (Weston 1995b; Brown et al. 1998) in dense low heath and scrub (Evans et al. 1999). It grows in shallow, sandy, stony soil over schist (Weston 1995b; Brown et al. 1998; Evans et al. 1999). It is restricted to high altitudes, on three peaks in the e. section of the Stirling Ranges (Evans et al. 1999).

This species is part of the broader EPBC-listed Endangered Ecological Community "Eastern Stirling Range Montane Heath Community", which is listed in WA as critically endangered. The community is characterized by Kunzea montana, Beaufortia anisandra, Sphenotoma sp. Stirling Range, Andersonia echinocephala, Darwinia spp., Banksia solandri, Banksia brownii and Dryandra concinna (Barrett 1999). Several other threatened plants occur in the community: Dryandra montana, Sphenotoma drummondii, Darwinia collina, D. squarrosa, Lambertia fairallii, Banksia brownii, Leucopogon gnaphalioides, Deyeuxia drummondii and Andersonia axilliflora (Barrett 1999, 2000a).

Flowers Feb.-Mar.(Evans et al. 1999). It is pollinated by native bees with mouthparts and other body parts modified for foraging in Persoonia and Conospermum (Brown et al. 1998).

This species is an obligate seeder, and is killed by fire. The species is slow growing, taking longer than six years to produce flowers and seed (Evans et al. 1999).

Little is known about the biology or ecology (Evans et al. 1999), though it is thought not to be lignotuberous (Robinson & Coates 1995).

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:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Habitat alteration (vegetation, soil, hydrology) due to trampling and grazing by livestock Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Disturbance, especially from human recreational activities and development Small-flowered Snottygobble (Persoonia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 1999-2002 (Evans, R., S. Barrett & A. Brown, 1999) [State Recovery Plan].
Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Soil disturbance and/or trampling due to bushwalking Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:camping Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Vegetation and habitat loss caused by dieback Phytophthora cinnamomi Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2009w) [Threat Abatement Plan].
Small-flowered Snottygobble (Persoonia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 1999-2002 (Evans, R., S. Barrett & A. Brown, 1999) [State Recovery Plan].
Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Presence of pathogens and resulting disease Small-flowered Snottygobble (Persoonia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 1999-2002 (Evans, R., S. Barrett & A. Brown, 1999) [State Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Small-flowered Snottygobble (Persoonia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 1999-2002 (Evans, R., S. Barrett & A. Brown, 1999) [State Recovery Plan].
Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate prescribed regimes and/or vegetation management to control fire regimes Small-flowered Snottygobble (Persoonia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 1999-2002 (Evans, R., S. Barrett & A. Brown, 1999) [State Recovery Plan].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Poor recruitment (regeneration) and declining population numbers Small-flowered Snottygobble (Personia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 2003-2008 (Stack, G. & Brown, A., 2003b) [Recovery Plan].

Barrett, S. (1996). Proposed addition or deletion or change to the Schedule of Declared Rare Flora - Persoonia micranthera.

Barrett, S. (1999). Eastern Stirling Range Montane Heath and Thicket Community, Interim Recovery Plan. Dept. of Conservation and Land Management. CALM, Western Australia.

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

Evans, R., S. Barrett & A. Brown (1999). Small-flowered Snottygobble (Persoonia micranthera) Interim Recovery Plan 1999-2002. [Online]. WA CALM. CALM, Wanneroo. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/p-micranthera/index.html.

Robinson, C.J. & D.J. Coates (1995). Declared Rare & Poorly Known Flora in the Albany District. Western Australian wildlife management program no. 20. [Online]. Como, Western Australia: Australian Nature Conservation Agency, Department of Conservation and Land Management. Available from: http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/threatened-species-and-communities/threatened-plants.

Weston, P.H. (1994). The Western Australian species of subtribe Persooniiae (Proteaceae: Persooniodeae: Persoonieae). Telopea. 6(1):116-117.

Weston, P.H. (1995b). Subfam. 1. Persoonioideae. In: Flora of Australia. 16:47-125. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Persoonia micranthera in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:22:54 +1000.