Petrophile latericola  |  

Petrophile latericola

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

Laterite Petrophile is a multi-stemmed or single-stemmed erect open shrub that grows from 0.4-2 m high. The hard, linear leaves are 15-50 mm long, circular in cross-section, end in a rigid, sharp point and are held erect and close to the stem.

Laterite Petrophile has small, rounded flowers at the ends of the branchlets, with numerous, overlapping brown bracts at their base. The flowers are bright yellow, hairy, and are about 20 mm long. The pollen presenter is erect and yellow, 3-5 mm long and has a hairy brush near the tip. The fruiting heads are rounded and up to 20 mm long.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Petrophile latericola

    Threats The main identified threats to Laterite Petrophile are dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi inappropriate fire regimes weeds and road; rail; drainage channel and firebreak maintenance activities.

    Weed invasion is a threat to all three populations weeds suppress early plant growth by competing for soil moisture; nutrients and light; and they exacerbate grazing pressure and increase fire hazard due to the easy ignition of high fuel loads; which are produced annually by many grass weed species (Phillimore et al.; 2001 Williams et al.; 2001 DEC; 2008).