The Net-veined Gyrostemon is an erect shrub growing to approximately 1 m tall with crowded, persistent linear leaves 11 to 35 mm long. The leaves are circular in cross section and sometimes have hooked tips. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. The solitary flowers have pointed calyx lobes. Male flowers have 9 to 12 stamens, which end in a sharp point, and are arranged in a whorl. The female flowers have 5 to 7 carpels with narrow, flattened stigmas about 1 mm long. The stalked solitary fruit is spherical, and the 3 mm long carpels are semi-circular and narrow towards the margin with patterned surfaces.
Gyrostemon reticulatus |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Gyrostemon reticulatus
The main potential threats to Net veined Gyrostemon include inappropriate fire regimes (i.e. too frequent to allow for adequate seed accumulation; or not frequent enough to ensure survival of populations); salinity and physical destruction caused by property maintenance.
Australian Government, Listing Advices, Gyrostemon reticulatus
There is evidence to indicate that the species both matures quickly and increases in numbers quickly following fire and soil disturbance.
Lack of an appropriate level of disturbance to stimulate germination; such as fire or soil disturbance; is also a potential threat to the species.