two new Threatened plant species for the Range

We now have FOUR Threatened (Declared Rare) Flora

 

on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

Lepidosperma bungalbin and Acacia shapelleae

 

have been added to the

 

Threatened Flora list for WA

 

 

We all know the two rare (Threatened) flora on Helena and Aurora Range

- Tetratheca aphylla subsp. aphylla  and  Leucopogon spectablis.

 

Now we also have

Lepidosperma bungalbin and Acacia shapelleae

as

rare (Threatened) flora on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin

 

This is good news.  It recognises the vulnerability of all four of these species, their high conservation status indicating that they need protection.

 

Lepidosperma bungalbin is a sword sedge that grows on the top of the range amongst the exposed rocks on the surface (Banded Ironstone Formation, BIF rock). It's leaves are flat and light green,  and can be shiny on the surface reflecting the light from the sun or a glowing yellow-green when the sun shines through the leaves.  Photo: Shapelle McNee

 

          

Acaia shapelleae,  is a tall acacia shrub from 2 - 4 m high with yellow globular (round) flower heads and shiny, sticky, terete leaves.  Photo: Geoff Cockerton

 

The four plant species now listed as Threatened (T) on the Range, under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, are four of the five endemic flora known on Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin. These four that are listed as Threatened only occur on the main range (no where else in Australia or the world). 

We don't know of any other Banded Irostone Formation (BIF) range with four species listed as Threatened.

 

Note: The fifth endemic plant species on the Range is Acacia adinophylla, which occurs both on the main range and the small hills that head out to the north west (J5 to J4) and some lower BIF ridge sites nearby.