Micromyrtus grandis, Family Myrtaceae, also known as Severn River Heath-myrtle, is an erect shrub growing to 6 m tall. It can be single stemmed or mallee-like in form. It has stringy, orange-brown bark that curls off in linear strips, starting with the younger branches, on the stems and older branches forming masses of curling exfoliated bark within the centre of the shrub. Leaves are 0.5Ð4 mm long and 0.5Ð1.5 mm wide, strongly keeled in cross section, and with conspicuous oil dots in two distinct rows. Flowers are solitary on a peduncle (stalk) up to 1.5 mm long with white, cream or pink coloured petals. Fruits are 5-ribbed and scarcely enlarged from the flowers (Hunter et al., 1996; DECC, 1997, 2005a).
Micromyrtus grandis |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Micromyrtus grandis
The main potential threat to M. grandis is an inappropriate fire regime (DECC; 1997).