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INTERIM RECOVERY PLAN NO. 304 

 

 



SHY FEATHERFLOWER 

 

(Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis) 

 

INTERIM RECOVERY PLAN 

 

2010-2015 



 

 

 



 

December 2010 

Department of Environment and Conservation 

Kensington 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

Recovery Plan for Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis 



FOREWORD 

 

Recovery plans (RPs) and Interim Recovery Plans (IRPs) are developed within the framework laid down in 



Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) Policy Statements Nos. 44 and 50. Note: the 

Department of CALM formally became the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in July 2006. 

DEC will continue to adhere to these Policy Statements until they are revised and reissued. 

 

Plans outline the recovery actions that are required to urgently address those threatening processes most affecting 



the ongoing survival of threatened taxa or ecological communities, and begin the recovery process. 

 

DEC is committed to ensuring that Threatened taxa are conserved through the preparation and implementation of 



plans and by ensuring that conservation action commences as soon as possible and, in the case of Critically 

Endangered (CR) taxa, always within one year of endorsement of that rank by the Minister. 

 

This plan will operate from December 2010 to November 2015 but will remain in force until withdrawn or replaced. 



It is intended that, if the taxon is still ranked as Vulnerable in WA under IUCN (2001) criteria the plan will be 

reviewed after five years and the need for further recovery actions assessed. 

 

This plan was approved by the Director of Nature Conservation on 2 December 2010. The provision of funds 



identified in this plan is dependent on budgetary and other constraints affecting DEC, as well as the need to address 

other priorities. Information in this plan was accurate at December 2010. 

 

Note: although the plan was written and endorsed as an IRP in Western Australia it is treated as a Plan under the 



EPBC Act. 

 

PLAN PREPARATION 

 

This plan was prepared by Robyn Luu



1

 and Andrew Brown

2



 



1

 Project Officer, Species and Communities Branch, DEC, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983. 

2

 Threatened Flora Coordinator, DEC Species and Communities Branch, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, 



WA 6983. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

 

The following people provided assistance and advice in the preparation of this IRP: 



 

Kristine Brooks 

Flora Conservation Officer, DEC Great Southern District 

Anne Cochrane 

Senior Research Scientist, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, DEC Science Division 

Colin Crane 

Technical Officer, DEC Science Division 

Andrew Crawford 

Principal Technical Officer, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, DEC Science Division 

Jessica Donaldson 

Threatened Flora Database Officer, DEC SCB 

Greg Durell 

District Manager, DEC Great Southern District 

Fred and Jean Hort 

Volunteers 

Peter Lacey 

Program Leader Nature Conservation, DEC Great Southern District 

Amanda Shade 

Assistant Curator (Nursery) Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority 

Marnie Swinburn 

Flora Conservation Officer, DEC Perth Hills District 

 

Thanks also to the staff of the W.A. Herbarium for providing access to Herbarium databases and specimen 



information, and DEC's Species and Communities Branch for assistance. 

 

Cover photograph by Bethea Loudon. 



 

CITATION 

 

This Recovery plan should be cited as: 



 

Department of Environment and Conservation (2010) Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis Interim Recovery 

Plan 2010-2015. Interim Recovery Plan No. 304. Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australia. 

 

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Recovery Plan for Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis 



SUMMARY 

 

Scientific Name: 



Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. 

fimbrilepis 

Common Name: 

Shy Featherflower 



Family: Myrtaceae 

Flowering Period: July 

to 


December 

DEC Regions: Wheatbelt, 

Swan 


DEC Districts: 

Perth Hills, Great Southern 



Shires: 

Woodanilling, West Arthur, 

Brookton, Kojonup, Narrogin, 

Pingelly, Beverley, Wandering, 

Cuballing 

NRM Regions:  

Avon, South West 



Recovery Teams: 

Swan Region Threatened Flora and Communities Recovery Team (SRTFCRT); Great 

Southern District Threatened Flora Recovery Team (GSDTFRT) 

 

Illustrations and/or further information: Brown, A., Thomson-Dans, C. and Marchant, N. (Eds). (1998) Western 



Australia’s Threatened Flora. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia; George, A.S. 

(1991) New taxa, combinations and typifications in Verticordia (Myrtaceae: Chamelaucieae). Nuytsia 7 (3): 231–

394; George, A.S. (2002) Verticordia: the turner of hearts. University of Western Australia Press, Crawley; Western 

Australian Herbarium (1998−)  FloraBase  −  The Western Australian Flora. Department of Environment and 

Conservation. http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/. 

 

Current status: Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis was declared as Rare Flora under the Western Australian 



Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 in September 1987 and is currently ranked Vulnerable in Western Australia against 

World Conservation Union (IUCN 2001) criteria. The subspecies is listed under the Environment Protection and 



Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act 1999) as Endangered.

 

The main threats to the subspecies are 



insecure land tenure, road maintenance activities, weed invasion, poor recruitment, inappropriate fire regimes, 

grazing, trampling, feral pigs, Phytophthora dieback, powerline maintenance, salinity, farming activities and gravel 

extraction. 

 

Description: Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis is a small bushy shrub, 30–70 cm tall and 20–70 cm wide. It 

has pale-pink or occasionally white flowers on short peduncles. Flowers are in small rounded groups at the tips of 

branches. The petals are markedly narrowed towards the tip with margins finely fringed. The staminodes are fringed 

across their broad apex, and a single hair in the centre is much longer than the others (George 2002). 

 

Habitat requirements: Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis is widely distributed from southeast of Armadale 

to Brookton and Kojonup. It grows in low-lying shallow grey sand and yellowish-white sandy loam over gravel, 

sometimes with clay, in heath and scrubland and open wandoo woodland (George 2002). 

 

Habitat critical to the survival of the species, and important populations: It is considered that the habitat for 

populations 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 16 is critical to the survival of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis 

and that these populations are important populations. Habitat critical to the survival of V. fimbrilepis subsp. 

fimbrilepis includes the area of occupancy of these populations, areas of similar habitat surrounding these 

populations (these providing potential habitat for population expansion and for pollinators), additional occurrences 

of similar habitat that may contain undiscovered populations of the subspecies or be suitable for future 

translocations, and the local catchment of these populations for the surface and/or groundwater that maintains the 

habitat of the subspecies. 

 

Benefits to other species or ecological communities: Recovery actions implemented to improve the quality or 

security of the habitat of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis will also improve the status of associated native 

vegetation including four Declared Rare Flora, 16 Priority flora and one Priority Ecological Community. 

 

International obligations: This plan is fully consistent with the aims and recommendations of the Convention on 

Biological Diversity, ratified by Australia in June 1993, and will assist in implementing Australia’s responsibilities 

under that Convention. The subspecies is listed under Appendix II in the United Nations Environment Program 

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 

(CITES), however this plan does not affect Australia’s obligations under any other international agreements. 

 

Indigenous Consultation: A search of the Department of Indigenous Affairs Aboriginal Heritage Sites Register has 

identified two sites of Aboriginal significance within Populations 3 and 7. These sites are listed as Measles Bridge 

 

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Camp (#19933) a historical camp (open, no restrictions) and Nalya/Brookton (#5718) man-made structure (open, no 

restrictions). 

 

Social and economic impacts: As Subpopulation 5b occurs on private property and Population 13 occurs on land 

where gravel is extracted, the protection of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis may affect future development 

on these sites. 

 

Affected interests: The protection of the subspecies may impact on maintenance operations conducted by local 

Shires, Western Power, Main Roads WA, Water Corporation and private landholders. 

 

Evaluation of the Plan’s Performance: The DEC in conjunction with the Swan Region Threatened Flora and 

Communities Recovery Team (SRTFCRT) and Great Southern District Threatened Flora Recovery Team 

(GSDTFRT) will evaluate the performance of the plan. In addition to annual reporting on progress and evaluation 

against the criteria for success and failure, the plan will be reviewed following five years of implementation. 

 

Existing Recovery Actions: The following recovery actions have been or are currently being implemented 

and 

have been considered in the preparation of this plan: 



1.

 

All relevant stakeholders have been made aware of the existence of this subspecies and its locations.  



2.

 

Declared Rare Flora (DRF) markers have been installed at Populations 1, 2, 4, 5a, 5b, 6 and 12.  



3.

 

Dashboard stickers and posters describing the significance of DRF markers have been produced and distributed. 



4.

 

In July 1998, 150 plants of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis were planted into a proposed Timber 



Reserve near Beaufort, in accordance with an approved Translocation Proposal. 

5.

 



Weed control trials were conducted by DEC Katanning District at Population 1 of Verticordia fimbrilepis 

subsp. fimbrilepis following an uncontrolled fire in 1990. 

6.

 

In 1997, surveys were conducted for new populations of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis by Robert 



Buehrig. 

7.

 



In 2009, a new population of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis was found south east of Armadale by 

volunteers Fred and Jean Hort. 

8.

 

A research study on six Acacia and five Verticordia DRF taxa was undertaken by DEC Science Division.  



9.

 

A total of 31,535 Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis seeds collected between 1996 and 2004 are stored 



in DEC’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre at –18

C and 4C. 

10.

 

Cutting material from Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis was collected from Population 3 in 1994, 1997, 



1998, 1999 and 2000 and forwarded to BGPA for propagation. 

11.


 

Staff from DEC’s Perth Hills and Great Southern Districts regularly monitor populations. 

12.

 

The SRTFCRT and GSDTFRT are overseeing the implementation of this plan and will include information on 



progress in their annual report to DEC’s Corporate Executive and funding bodies.  

 

Recovery Plan Objective: The objective of this recovery plan is to abate identified threats and maintain or enhance 



in situ populations to ensure the long-term preservation of the subspecies in the wild. 

 

Recovery Criteria 



Criteria for success: The number of populations has increased and/or the number of mature individuals has 

increased by ten percent or more over the term of the plan. 



Criteria for failure: The number of populations has decreased and/or the number of mature individuals has 

decreased by ten percent or more over the term of the plan. 

 

Recovery actions 

 

1.

 



Coordinate recovery actions 

10.


 

Implement feral pig control where necessary 

2.

 

Stimulate germination 



11.

 

Develop and implement a fire response strategy 



3.

 

Install Declared Rare Flora (DRF) markers or replace where 



necessary 

12.


 

Conduct further surveys 

4.

 

Undertake weed control and follow up with additional control 



if required 

13.


 

Ensure long-term protection of habitat 

5.

 

Maintain disease hygiene 



14.

 

Map habitat critical to the survival of Verticordia fimbrilepis 



subsp. fimbrilepis 

6.

 



Monitor populations 

15.


 

Liaise with relevant land managers and Indigenous groups 

7.

 

Rehabilitate habitat 



16.

 

Promote awareness 



8.

 

Collect seed and other material to preserve genetic diversity 



17.

 

Review the recovery plan and assess the need for further 



recovery actions 

9.

 



Implement rabbit control where necessary 

 

 



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1. BACKGROUND 

 

History 

 

Verticordia fimbrilepis sub

sp. fimbrilepis was first collected by James Drummond in the 1840’s and for 

more than a century was known only from that collection. In November 1983 the subspecies was 

rediscovered near Woodanilling by Norm Stevens. Due to the low number of plants and threats 

associated with growing on narrow, degraded road reserves and small areas of remnant vegetation, a 

translocation was undertaken in 1998 by the then Conservation and Land Management (CALM) 

Katanning District.  

 

In 2000, two large populations were discovered in State Forest near Wandering by DEC volunteer Fred 



Hort. The area had been burnt in 1998/99 and many thousands of seedlings were present. A resurvey in 

2003 found that the populations occupied a much greater area than realised when surveyed in 2000. Over 

20,000 plants of the subspecies were estimated to be present. 

 

Currently  Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis  is known from 16 populations consisting of 



approximately 36,128 mature plants.  

 

Description 

 

Named from the Latin fimbria (fringe) and lepis (a scale), referring to its staminodes (George 2002), 



Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis  is a small bushy shrub, 30–70 cm tall and 20–70 cm wide. It 

has pale pink or occasionally white flowers on short peduncles. Flowers are in small rounded groups at 

the tips of branches. The petals are markedly narrowed towards the tip with margins finely fringed. The 

staminodes are fringed across their broad apex, and a single hair in the centre is much longer than the 

others.   

 

Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis is distinguished by its flowers which have persistent bracteoles, 

fringed staminodes, and a very short style. In particular it differs from subspecies australis in having 

flowers borne on shorter peduncles, petals with a broader lamina, a shorter finer fringe and staminodes 

bearing one long terminal hair (George 2002).  

 

Distribution and habitat 

 

Verticordia fimbrilepis sub

sp. fimbrilepis is widely distributed from southeast of Armadale to Brookton 

and Kojonup, with an extent of occurrence of 7,794 km

2

. The subspecies grows in low-lying shallow grey 



sand and yellowish-white sandy loam over gravel, sometimes with clay, in heath and scrubland and open 

wandoo woodland (George 2002). Associated species include Adenanthos cygnorum subsp. cygnorum



Banksia sphaerocarpaBgrandisBarmataBdrummondiiBniveaHakea incrassataHtrifurcata

Isopogon teretifolius,  Allocasuarina campestris,  A.  huegeliana,  A.  humilis,  A.  microstachya,  Caustis 

dioicaMesomelaena pseudostygiaEpilobium hirtigerumCassytha glabellaAcacia leptospermoidesA

saligna,  Daviesia benthamii,  D.  cardiophylla,  D.  hakeoides,  Gastrolobium spinosum,  Jacksonia 

racemosaDodonaea pinifoliaAstroloma pallidumDesmocladus fasciculatusCallistemon phoeniceus

Calothamnus quadrifidus,  Eucalyptus wandoo,  Leptospermum erubescens,  Melaleuca systena

Verticordia acerosa var. preissiiVbrachypodaVdensifloraVeriocephalaVhabranthaVhuegelii

VmultifloraVpennigera and Vpicta

 

Table 1. Summary of population land vesting, purpose and manager 



Pop. No. & Location 

DEC District   Shire 

Vesting 

Purpose 

Manager 

1. West of Woodanilling  Great 

Southern 

Woodanilling Shire 

of 

Woodanilling 



Road Reserve 

Shire of Woodanilling 

2. West of Woodanilling  Great 

Southern 

Woodanilling Shire 

of 


Woodanilling 

Road Reserve 

Shire of Woodanilling 

3. South of Arthur River  Great 

West Arthur Conservation  Conservation 

of  DEC 


 

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Recovery Plan for Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis 

Southern Commission 

of 


WA 

Flora and Fauna 



4. SE of Aldersyde 

Great 


Southern 

Brookton Shire 

of 

Brookton 



Road Reserve 

Shire of Brookton 

5a. NE of Kojonup 

Great 


Southern 

Kojonup 


Shire of Kojonup 

Road Reserve 

Shire of Kojonup 

5b. NE of Kojonup 

Great 


Southern 

Kojonup Freehold  Private 

Property 

Landowners 

6. East of Narrogin 

Great 


Southern 

Narrogin 

Shire of Narrogin  Road Reserve 

Shire of Narrogin 



7a. SE of Aldersyde 

Great 


Southern 

Pingelly 

Shire of Pingelly 

Road Reserve 

Shire of Pingelly 

7b. SE of Aldersyde 

Great 


Southern 

Pingelly Conservation 

Commission of 

WA 


Conservation of 

Flora and Fauna 

DEC 

8a. Aldersyde 



Great 

Southern 

Brookton Shire 

of 


Brookton 

Road Reserve 

Shire of Brookton 

8b. West of Aldersyde 

Great 

Southern 



Brookton Shire 

of 


Brookton 

Road Reserve 

Shire of Brookton 

8c. West of Aldersyde 

Great 

Southern 



Brookton Shire 

of 


Brookton 

Reserve (Parkland 

& Recreation) 

Shire of Brookton 

8d. West of Aldersyde 

Great 


Southern 

Brookton Shire 

of 

Brookton 



Reserve (Golf) 

Shire of Brookton

 

8e. West of Aldersyde 

Great 


Southern 

Brookton Shire 

of 

Brookton 



Reserve (Golf) 

Shire of Brookton

 

9. West of Brookton 



Perth Hills Beverley 

Minister 

for 

Water Resources 



Water Reserve 

Department of Water  



10. NE of North 

Bannister 

Perth Hills 

Wandering Land 

and 


Forests 

Commission 

State Forest 

DEC 


11. NE of North 

Bannister 

Perth Hills 

Wandering Land 

and 


Forests 

Commission 

State Forest 

DEC 


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