Shy featherflower (Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp fimbrilepis) interim recovery plan



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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

  1. Implement feral pig control where necessary

  1. Stimulate germination

  1. Develop and implement a fire response strategy

  1. Install Declared Rare Flora (DRF) markers or replace where necessary

  1. Conduct further surveys

  1. Undertake weed control and follow up with additional control if required

  1. Ensure long-term protection of habitat

  1. Maintain disease hygiene

  1. Map habitat critical to the survival of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis

  1. Monitor populations

  1. Liaise with relevant land managers and Indigenous groups

  1. Rehabilitate habitat

  1. Promote awareness

  1. Collect seed and other material to preserve genetic diversity

  1. Review the recovery plan and assess the need for further recovery actions

  1. Implement rabbit control where necessary



1. BACKGROUND




History


Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. 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 subsp. fimbrilepis is widely distributed from southeast of Armadale to Brookton and Kojonup, with an extent of occurrence of 7,794 km2. 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 sphaerocarpa, B. grandis, B. armata, B. drummondii, B. nivea, Hakea incrassata, H. trifurcata, Isopogon teretifolius, Allocasuarina campestris, A. huegeliana, A. humilis, A. microstachya, Caustis dioica, Mesomelaena pseudostygia, Epilobium hirtigerum, Cassytha glabella, Acacia leptospermoides, A. saligna, Daviesia benthamii, D. cardiophylla, D. hakeoides, Gastrolobium spinosum, Jacksonia racemosa, Dodonaea pinifolia, Astroloma pallidum, Desmocladus fasciculatus, Callistemon phoeniceus, Calothamnus quadrifidus, Eucalyptus wandoo, Leptospermum erubescens, Melaleuca systena, Verticordia acerosa var. preissii, V. brachypoda, V. densiflora, V. eriocephala, V. habrantha, V. huegelii, V. multiflora, V. pennigera and V. picta.



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