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Species Profile and Threats Database


For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
 
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Critically Endangered
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Listing Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2010ah) [Listing Advice].
 
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2010at) [Conservation Advice].
 
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, the approved conservation advice for the species provides sufficient direction to implement priority actions and mitigate against key threats (13/07/2010).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Amendment to the list of threatened species under section 178 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (98) (13/07/2010) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2010h) [Legislative Instrument].
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
WA:Declared rare and poorly known flora in the Warren Region, Western Australian Wildlife Management Program No 40 (Hearn, R.W., R. Meissner, A.P. Brown, T.D. Macfarlane & T.R. Annels, 2006) [Management Plan].
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Critically Endangered (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013 list)
Scientific name Verticordia apecta [65545]
Family Myrtaceae:Myrtales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author E.A.George & A.S.George
Infraspecies author  
Reference E.A.George & A.S.George Nuytsia 9(3): 335 (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

Scientific name: Verticordia apecta

Common name: Hay River Featherflower

Other names: Scruffy Verticordia

Conventionally accepted as Verticordia apecta (CHAH 2010).

The Hay River Featherflower is a slender, erect shrub with one central stem. The species can grow to 0.45 m high. Lower leaves are linear, three-sided, rounded at the end and 3–9 mm long. The stem leaves are narrowly elliptic, rounded at the end and 7 mm long. The petals are deep pink, the finer fringe lobes white, and 4 mm long (George & George 1994; Western Australian Herbarium 2006).

Endemic to Western Australia, the Hay River Featherflower is known from a single population in the Mt Barker area, approximately 400 km south-east of Perth (WA DEC 2009a). The extent of occurrence of the species is calculated to be approximately 100 m2 with an area of occupancy of approximately 8 m2 (WA DEC 2009a; Western Australian Herbarium 2006).

In 2008, the population size of the Hay River Featherflower was estimated to be 16 mature plants (WA DEC 2009a).

The Hay River Featherflower occurs on Crown Land in state forest, which is proposed to be allocated to national park (WA DEC 2009a). The name of the state forest is unknown.

Hay River Featherflower grows in sandy clay with loam and broken granite, on an upper west-facing slope in Wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) low open woodland and low open shrubland (George & George 1994).

Flowering is known in November (Western Australian Herbarium 2006).

The Hay River Featherflower is similar to the Hidden Featherflower (Verticordia habrantha) in habit, leaves and floral arrangement, but the flower of the former, with its shortly bearded style and fimbriate (fringe) and pink petals, readily distinguish it from the latter (George & George 1994).

Inappropriate fire regimes may affect the long term viability of the Hay River Featherflower. Fire that is too frequent would most likely destroy soil-stored seed reserves and reduce vigour if fire occurs before regenerating or juvenile plants reach maturity, produce seed and replenish the soil seed bank (WA DEC 2009a).

Dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi, is a threat to the species and is currently suspected to occur at the site of the only known population (WA DEC 2009a).

The small population size is also a threat (Hearn et al. 2002), making the species vulnerable to chance events.

Minister's Decision to not have a Recovery Plan

There should not be a recovery plan for Hay River Featherflower as the approved conservation advice for the species provides sufficient direction to implement priority actions and mitigate against key threats.

Commonwealth Conservation Advice

Refer to the Commonwealth Conservation Advice (TSSC 2010at) for information on research priorities and recovery priority actions to mitigate threats including habitat loss, disturbance and modification, pathogens and fire. Raising awareness of the species and enabling recovery of additional populations are also encouraged in the Advice.

Management documents for the Hay River Featherflower include:

  • Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Verticordia apecta (TSSC 2010at).

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
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Habitat Shifting and Alteration:Habitat loss, modification and/or degradation Commonwealth Listing Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2010ah) [Listing Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Vegetation and habitat loss caused by dieback Phytophthora cinnamomi Commonwealth Listing Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2010ah) [Listing Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate prescribed regimes and/or vegetation management to control fire regimes Commonwealth Listing Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), 2010ah) [Listing Advice].

Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) (2010). Australian Plant Census. [Online]. Australian National Herbarium, Australian National Botanic Gardens and Australian Biological Resources Study . Available from: http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/.

George, E.A. & A.S. George (1994). New taxa of Verticordia (Myrtaceae: Chamelaucieae) from Western Australia. Nuytsia. 9(3):333-341.

Hearn, R., K. Williams, S. Comer & B. Beecham (2002). A Biodiversity Audit of Western Australia's 53 Biogeographical Subregions in 2002 - Jarrah Forest 2 (JF2 - Southern Jarrah Forest subregion). [Online]. Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management. Available from: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/pdf/science/bio_audit/jarrah_forest02_p382-405.pdf.

Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) (2010ah). Commonwealth Listing Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia). [Online]. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Canberra, ACT: Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/species/pubs/65545-listing-advice.pdf.

Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) (2010at). Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Verticordia apecta (Hay River Featherflower, Scruffy Verticordia). [Online]. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Canberra, ACT: Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/species/pubs/65545-conservation-advice.pdf.

Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (WA DEC) (2009a). Records held in DEC's Declared Flora Database and rare flora files. Perth, Western Australia: DEC.

Western Australian Herbarium (2006). Florabase - The Western Australian Flora. [Online]. Perth, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management. Available from: http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/.

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Verticordia apecta in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:02:00 +1000.