#Creature Feature – Verticordia chrysantha

Verticordia chrysantha, commonly known as yellow featherflower or yellow Morrison, is a flowering plant in the myrtle family!

It is a small, slow-growing, bushy shrub with bright yellow flowers which often turn reddish-brown as they age. It is widespread across the south-west of Western Australia.

Verticordia chrysantha grows to a height of 0.15–1.5 metres and almost as wide across held on a single branching stem. The leaves are linear and cylindrical in shape and are between 3 to 15 mm long with a pointed, sometimes hooked tip.

The bright yellow flowers occur on a corymb-like inflorescence and are typically scented. The flowers start out bright yellow- and as they age change to bronze or brown. The sepals are bright yellow, 4.0–4.5 mm (0.16–0.18 in) long, with 7 or 10 densely feathery lobes. Flowering occurs from September to December.

Verticordia chrysantha is widespread across Western Australia from Shark bay in the north to Esperance in the south. It grows on sandy gravelly soils, deep yellow sand and undulating plains. It is endemic to Western Australia meaning it does not occur anywhere else in the world.

Sources:

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/6073

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verticordia_chrysantha

Jarna Kendle – Senior Biodiversity Officer

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