Approved Conservation Advice for
(s266B of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999)
This Conservation Advice has been developed based on the best available information
at the time this conservation advice was approved; this includes existing plans, records or
management prescriptions for this species.
Verticordia apecta, Family Myrtaceae, also known as Hay River Featherflower or Scruffy
Verticordia, is a slender, erect shrub with one stem that can grow to 0.45 m high. The 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. Flowering has been observed in November (George and George,
1994; Western Australian Herbarium, 2006).
Hay River Featherflower is similar to V. habrantha (Hidden Featherflower) in habit, leaves
and floral arrangement, but the shortly bearded style and fimbriate, pink petals readily
distinguish it from that species (George and George, 1994).
Hay River Featherflower is listed as critically endangered. This species is eligible for listing
as critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
1999 (Cwlth) (EPBC Act) as the estimated total number of mature individuals is extremely
low, and it has a very restricted geographic distribution which is precarious for its survival
given the nature of ongoing threats (TSSC, 2009).
Hay River Featherflower is also listed as declared rare flora under the Western Australian
criteria) by the Western Australian Government.
Hay River Featherflower is endemic to Western Australia. It is known from a single
population in the Mt Barker area, approximately 400 km south-east of Perth (DEC, 2009).
The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 100 m
(10 m x 10 m) and its area of
. The species occurs on Crown Land in State Forest, which
The population size of the species is estimated to be 16 mature plants. This figure was
calculated using counts of plants from population surveys undertaken in October 2008 (DEC,
west-facing slope in Eucalyptus wandoo (Wandoo) low open woodland and low open
shrubland (George and George, 1994).
The species occurs within the Jarrah Forest IBRA Bioregion and the South Coast Natural
Resource Management region. The distribution of this species is not known to overlap with
any EPBC Act-listed threatened ecological community.
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The main identified threats to the species are inappropriate fire regimes (too frequent fire)
which may affect the long-term viability of the species, and dieback caused by
population (DEC, 2009).
Research priorities that would inform future regional and local priority actions include:
Design and implement a monitoring program or, if appropriate, support and enhance
and the relevant impacts of threatening processes, including:
factors that influence the level of flowering, pollination, seed production and fruit
other relevant mortality and morphological data for the species.
Undertake survey work in suitable habitat and potential habitat during the November
Identify appropriate intensity and interval of fire to promote seed germination.
The following priority recovery and threat abatement actions can be done to support the
recovery of Hay River Featherflower.
Habitat Loss, Disturbance and Modification
Monitor known population to identify key threats.
Ensure there is no disturbance in areas where Hay River Featherflower occurs, excluding
the need to adapt them if necessary.
Where appropriate, provide maps of known occurrences to local and state Rural Fire
risk register and/or operation maps.
Diseases, Fungi and Parasites
outbreaks of dieback caused by P. cinnamomi.
If necessary, implement appropriate management actions to minimise the adverse impacts
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Raise awareness of Hay River Featherflower within the local community.
Frequently engage with land managers responsible for the land on which the population
conservation management actions.
Enable Recovery of Additional Sites and/or Populations
populations is considered necessary and feasible.
This list does not necessarily encompass all actions that may be of benefit to Hay River
preparing the Conservation Advice.
DEC (Department of Environment and Conservation) (2009). Records held in DEC’s declared
flora database and rare flora files. Western Australian Department of Environment and
Conservation, Western Australia.
George EA and George AS (1994). New taxa of Verticordia (Myrtaceae: Chamelaucieae)
from Western Australia. Nuytsia 9(3): 333–341.
TSSC (Threatened Species Scientific Committee) (2009). Listing advice for Verticordia
apecta (Hay River Featherflower).
Vallee L, Hogbin T, Monks L, Makinson B, Matthes M and Rossetto M (2004). Guidelines
for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia - second edition. Australian
Network for Plant Conservation, Canberra.
Western Australian Herbarium (2006). FloraBase – the Western Australian flora. Department
of Environment and Conservation. Available on the Internet at: