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Burmannia sp. Bathurst Island

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

Burmannia sp. Bathurst Island (R.Fensham 1021), family Burmanniaceae, formerly known as Burmannia sp. Melville Island (R.Fensham 1021), is a cryptic, herbaceous, leafless plant that grows up to 12 cm high (Kerrigan et al., 2007). It produces an annual, above ground
inflorescence which is usually only open for a short time, but which may last up to several
weeks in optimal conditions (Kerrigan et al., 2007). Most of the plant is translucent white,
except for the flower, which has a yellow corolla (Kerrigan et al., 2007). The plant has a small underground corm from which flowers are likely to emerge annually; however, the flower is only open for a short time (Kerrigan et al., 2007). The species is saprophytic, gaining its nourishment directly from dead or decaying organic matter.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Burmannia sp. Bathurst Island

    Fire Maintain hazard reduction burning activities in the early dry season within plantation lease areas; and where fuel loads create an increased fire risk (Tiwi Land Council; undated).