as white featherflower. It is a tall shrub,
up to three metres in height and
develops a straggly appearance when
mature. Masses of large white feathery
flowers with pink centres are produced
on spikes from November to January.
Fred Lullfitz collected the first specimen
of this spectacular featherflower in
1961. Numerous surveys since then
have located only a handful of places
where it occurs. The species grows
amongst dense scrub on grey to yellow
sand over laterite.
Vegetation clearance is considered to
be the principal cause of the rarity of
the species. The extremely restricted
distribution of the species is a major
threat to its survival, and any local threat
may result in its extinction in the wild.
In 1992 the species was accorded a
Priority One rating. However, the low
numbers of plants and the threats
associated with narrow road reserves
warranted upgrading of its status to
declared rare flora in 1994. It was
ranked as critically endangered in
DEC has set up the Moora District
Threatened Flora Recovery Team to
coordinate recovery actions that address
threats to the survival of the species in
the wild (see overleaf).
Major threats to the populations
are weed invasion, inappropriate
fire regimes, grazing and drift of
agricultural chemicals. The roadside
population is also at risk from dieback
disease (caused by plant pathogens)
and accidental destruction.
The species is currently known from
only a few populations and DEC is keen
to know of any others.
If unable to contact the District Office
on the above number, please phone
DEC’s Species and Communities Branch
on (08) 9334 0455.
Recovery of a species
extinct in the wild. This is done through the preparation of a Recovery Plan or
Interim Recovery Plan (IRP), which outline the recovery actions that are required to
urgently address those threatening processes most affecting the ongoing survival
of the threatened species in the wild and begin the recovery process.
IRPs are prepared by DEC and implemented by regional or district recovery teams
consisting of representatives from DEC, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority,
community groups, private landowners, local shires and various government
If you think you’ve seen this plant, please call the
Department of Environment and Conservation’s (DEC’s)
Moora District on (08) 9652 1911.
Close up of the white featherflower, note the pink centres and the feathery petals. Photo – Emma Richardson
Recovery actions that
control of weeds; conducting further
surveys; and regular monitoring of the
health of the populations.
continued implementation of the
approved translocation proposal;
maintenance of dieback hygiene;
maintenance of buffers of natural
vegetation around populations;
development of a fire management
strategy; collection and storage of seed
at DEC’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre;
maintenance of live plants away from
the wild (i.e. in botanical gardens); and
researching the biology and ecology
of the species. Other actions include
ensuring that relevant authorities,
landowners and DEC staff are aware
of the species’ presence and the need
to protect it, and that all are familiar
with the threats identified in the Interim
Above: Flower spikes of white featherflower.
Below: Multiple flower spikes of the white featherflower. Photos – Emma Richardson
IRPs will be deemed a success if the
number of individuals within the
population and/or the number of
populations have increased.
This project is funded by the
Australian and State governments’
investment through the Natural
Heritage Trust, administered in the
Midwest Region by the Northern