(Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis)
INTERIM RECOVERY PLAN
Department of Environment and Conservation
Interim Recovery Plans (IRPs) are developed within the framework laid down in Department of Conservation and Land
and Conservation (DEC) in July 2006. DEC will continue to adhere to these Policy Statements until they are revised and
Plans outline the recovery actions that are required to urgently address those threatening processes most affecting the
DEC is committed to ensuring that Threatened taxa are conserved through the preparation and implementation of plans and
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This plan will operate from December 2010 to November 2015 but will remain in force until withdrawn or replaced.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
further recovery actions assessed.
This plan was approved by the Director of Nature Conservation on 2 December 2010. The provision of funds identified in
Information in this plan was accurate at December 2010.
This plan was prepared by Robyn Luu
and Andrew Brown
Project Officer, Species and Communities Branch, DEC, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983.
Threatened Flora Coordinator, DEC Species and Communities Branch, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA
The following people provided assistance and advice in the preparation of this IRP:
Flora Conservation Officer, DEC Great Southern District
Senior Research Scientist, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, DEC Science Division
Technical Officer, DEC Science Division
Principal Technical Officer, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, DEC Science Division
Threatened Flora Database Officer, DEC SCB
District Manager, DEC Great Southern District
Fred and Jean Hort
Program Leader Nature Conservation, DEC Great Southern District
Assistant Curator (Nursery) Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
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
Cover photograph by Bethea Loudon.
This 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.
Southern Shy Featherflower
July to December
Perth Hills, Great Southern
Woodanilling, West Arthur,
Brookton, Kojonup, Narrogin,
Pingelly, Beverley, Wandering,
Avon, South West
Swan Region Threatened Flora and Communities Recovery Team (SRTFCRT); Great Southern
Threatened Flora Recovery Team (GSTFRT)
Illustrations and/or further information: Brown, A., Thomson-Dans, C. and Marchant, N. (Eds). (1998) Western
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.
Current status: Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis was declared as Rare Flora under the Western Australian
The main threats to the
regimes, grazing, trampling, feral pigs, Phytophthora dieback, powerline maintenance, salinity, farming activities and
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 IRP 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 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
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 Threatened Flora Recovery Team (GSTFRT) will evaluate
the performance of this IRP. 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:
near Beaufort, in accordance with an approved Translocation Proposal.
Weed control trials were conducted by DEC Katanning District at Population 1 of Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp.
volunteers Fred and Jean Hort.
A research study on six Acacia and five Verticordia DRF taxa was undertaken by DEC Science Division.
A total of 31,535 Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis seeds collected between 1996 and 2004 are stored in
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.
Staff from DEC’s Perth Hills and Great Southern Districts regularly monitor populations.
The SRTFCRT and GSDTFRT are overseeing the implementation of this IRP and will include information on progress
IRP Objective: The objective of this IRP is to abate identified threats and maintain or enhance in situ populations to ensure
the long-term preservation of the subspecies in the wild.
by ten percent or more over the term of the plan.
Implement feral pig control where necessary
Develop and implement a fire response strategy
Install DRF markers or replace where necessary
Conduct further surveys
Undertake weed control and follow up with additional control
Achieve long-term protection of habitat
Maintain disease hygiene
Map habitat critical to the survival of Verticordia fimbrilepis
Liaise with relevant land managers and Indigenous groups
Collect seed and other material to preserve genetic diversity
Review this IRP and assess the need for further recovery
Verticordia fimbrilepis subsp. fimbrilepis was originally collected by James Drummond in the 1840’s and for
more than a century it 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.
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
Named from the Latin fimbria (fringe) and lepis (a scale), referring to its staminodes (George 2002), Verticordia
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 km
. The subspecies grows in low-lying shallow grey sand and
woodland (George 2002). Associated species include Adenanthos cygnorum subsp. cygnorum, Banksia
Table 1. Summary of population land vesting, purpose and manager
1. West of Woodanilling
Shire of Woodanilling
2. West of Woodanilling
3. South of Arthur River
Flora and Fauna
4. SE of Aldersyde
Shire of Brookton
5a. NE of Kojonup
Shire of Kojonup
5b. NE of Kojonup
Shire of Narrogin
Shire of Narrogin
7a. SE of Aldersyde
Shire of Pingelly
Shire of Pingelly
7b. SE of Aldersyde
8b. West of Aldersyde
8c. West of Aldersyde
Shire of Brookton
8d. West of Aldersyde
Shire of Brookton
8e. West of Aldersyde
9. West of Brookton
Department of Water
Land and Forests
11. NE of North