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Westringia crassifolia
Conservation status

Endangered (EPBC Act)
Scientific classification
Genus:
Westringia
Species:
crassifolia

Westringia crassifolia, commonly known as whipstick westringia, is a rare shrub that is endemic to Victoria, Australia.

Description

The species is a tall slender shrub growing to 2 metres high. Leaves are about 5 to 15 mm long and 1.5 to 2.5 mm wide. The flowers, which may be pink, lavender or blue, appear in August and September in the species' native range.

Taxonomy

The species was formally described in 1957 by botanist Norman Wakefield in The Victorian Naturalist.

Distribution and habitat

The species is restricted to two locations; one near Bendigo and the other in the Little Desert

Conservation

Westringia crassifolia is listed as "endangered" under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, "endangered" on the Department of Sustainability and Environment's Advisory List of Rare Or Threatened Plants In Victoria and "threatened" under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

There are estimated to be about 640 plants left in the wild.

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