A member of the family Proteaceae, Banksia rufa subsp. pumila is an erect, non-lignotuberous shrub to 0.3 m high. The leaves are pinnately divided into lobes reaching just over halfway to the midrib, with almost flat margins and are 8-15 cm long and 1.8-3.5 cm wide. The flowers are yellow and the follicles are 1.5cm long, broadly obovate with a slight basal notch.
Banksia rufa subsp. pumila |
Banksia rufa subsp. pumila
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Banksia rufa subsp. pumila
Climate change modelling for the south west predicts a decline in rainfall; and some seasonal shift to summer rainfall events; which is likely to increase the potential impact of drought on the subspecies.
Current; future Altered fire regimes Whole population Severe Increased fire intervals may cause a decline in the number of individuals with fires in short succession capable of killing live plants before canopy stored seed has been replenished.
Inappropriate fire regimes potential threat a) Increased fire intervals may cause a decline in numbers area of occupancy; with fires in short succession capable of killing live plants before canopy stored seed has been replenished.
Past; current and future Drought Whole population Severe This is a threat to the subspecies if it occurs over a number of years.