#ThreatenedSpecies of the Week: White Featherflower

The White Featherflower, or Verticordia albida, is a shrub which grows between 0.3–2.6m tall. It grows in dense spikes and is usually white, cream or pink, with a pink centre. Petals are 4–5mm long with a 1mm long fringe, rounded leaves with smooth margains and flowering generally happens in November to January.

The White Featherflower is listed as ‘Endangered’ under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and ‘Critically Endangered’ under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

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The main identified threats to White Featherflower are broad-scale vegetation clearing, grazing pressure, exotic weed invasion, changed fire regime and salinity due to changes to hydrology.

Its main potential threats to White Featherflower include dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi and road widening or maintenance.

White Featherflower is known from three populations less than two kilometres apart, south-west of Three Springs in Western Australia.

This species grows in white-grey to yellow sand over gravel or laterite, in scrub or thicket.

All three known populations occur near roads. Associated species include Banksia prionotes, Callitris sp., Eucalyptus todtiana and Jacksonia sp. The distribution of this species is not known to overlap with any EPBC Act-listed threatened ecological communities.

Information Source: Government of Australia, Department of Environment and Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia.

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