The giant andersonia is a slow growing robust shrub that grows 2-3 m tall in the family Ericaceae. The erect branchlets are covered in distinctive overlapping triangular-shaped leaves (3 cm long); the leaves are broad where they attach to the stem, tapering to a point at the tip. Flowers form at the end of the branchlets, concealed beneath creamy-white floral leaves of the flower calyx that also taper to a sharp point. Hidden beneath the floral leaves are up to 30 small (1 cm long) cream-coloured flowers.
Giant Andersonia |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Andersonia axilliflora
Field observations suggest that the plants are increasingly susceptible to the effects of P. cinnamomi infection following a fire (Evans et al.; 2003).