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(J.M.Black ex Eardley)
shrub to c. 2 m high with narrow, incurved,
glabrous, strongly gland-dotted leaves about
6-22 mm long and about 0.5-3 mm wide.
Flowers are pale pink, in dense spikes. Fruits
are woody and broadly urn-shaped.
Flowers recorded in July and August.
Fruits persisting for a year or more, present
Melaleuca fulgens subsp. corrugata is known in
the Northern Territory (NT) from three sites
in the far south-west of the NT. In 2008 a
survey of the only known site in the NT on
the Mannanana Range near Docker River
failed to relocate the population originally
found in 1978. However, two new tiny
populations (both with only 3 plants) were
located within the NT in 2010 - one south of
Mt Mann and another at Fosters Cliffs.
Recent survey work in far south-west NT has
focused on suitable habitat for this taxon,
which is rare in the region, and has confirmed
that the taxon is very rare. However, there
remains the possibility that undetected
populations exist. Melaleuca fulgens subsp.
however populations occur within a region
proposed for an Indigenous Protected Area.
The full extent of occurrence (EOO) of this
taxon across NT, South Australia (SA) and
Western Australia (WA) is 24 524 km
including the potentially extinct Mannanana
This subspecies is also known from a solitary
site in WA near Giles; and five sites in SA
(Musgrave Ranges, Mt Lindsay and Mt
Illbillee). The largest known population occurs
in the western Musgrave Ranges, north-west
of Armata (Paltridge et al. 2009).
The typical subspecies Melaleuca fulgens
subsp. fulgens and also M. fulgens subsp.
steedmanii occur in south-western WA.
Conservation reserves where reported:
None, however populations occur within a
region proposed for an Indigenous Protected
Australia: Not listed
Northern Territory: Endangered
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ranges at high altitudes, where it occurs in
habitats with a high proportion of bare rock
and boulders. The rock slabs help to channel
water into microhabitats occupied by the
species as well as providing some protection
from fire (Paltridge et al. 2009).
Melaleuca fulgens subsp. corrugata could be
assessed as Critically Endangered (under
criteria C2a(i) and D1) based on:
subpopulation <50; and
very small and restricted population
However, since the species occurs in two
element of data deficiency and the possibility
of further small subpopulations being located,
the species is currently classified in the NT as
Endangered, under the same sub-criteria.
Although plants of M. fulgens subsp. corrugata
appear to be capable of resprouting after
being burnt, resprouting plants can be slow to
produce fruit and seedling recruitment can be
poor (Paltridge et al. 2009). In far south-west
NT Triodia hummock grasslands dominate the
landscape, and despite the rocky habitat of M.
fire protection, there is considerable risk of
populations being subject to frequent hot
fires resulting in further decline.
Paltridge et al. (2009) established three
monitoring sites in north-west SA (two in the
Musgrave Ranges and one in the Everard
Ranges) and these will provide information
relevant to NT populations. Liaison with SA
authorities is essential. Further survey work
on the Mannanana Range and on the eastern
Mann Ranges is required to ascertain whether
any further small populations exist. Fire
management of Triodia-dominated vegetation
surrounding the known subpopulations is the
priority management activity associated with
this taxon. A key management objective
would be to ensure a fire regime that is
suitable to this species and such a regime is
likely to be characterised by low frequency
and long intervals between fires.
Paltridge, R., Latz, P., Pickburn, A., and Eldridge,
S. (2009). Establishing a monitoring program
for rare and declining plants in the Anangu
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of
South Australia. Department for