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For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
 
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
 
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument] as Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla.
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
WA:Declared Rare and Poorly Known Flora in the Narrogin District (Durell, G.S. & R.M. Buehrig, 2001) [State Species Management Plan].
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Vulnerable (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013) as Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla
Scientific name Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla [10518]
Family Proteaceae:Proteales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author  
Infraspecies author A.S.George
Reference George, A.S. (1981) Nuytsia 3: 422, fig. 86
Other names Banksia sphaerocarpa dolichostyla [67333]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Other illustrations Google Images
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/11582

The Ironcaps Banksia is a shrub or small tree growing to 4 m and spreading to 4 m in diameter with golden/yellow flowers (George 1981, 1999; Hopper et al. 1990) and a dense canopy (Hopper et al. 1990).

This species occurs just to the east of the cleared southern wheatbelt in south-western WA. It grows between Mt Holland and South Ironcap, east of Hyden, on vacant Crown Land (Mollemans et al. 1993; Brown et al. 1998). Surveys carried out in 1989/90 showed seven populations totalling over 2,400 plants (see table below). By 1994 there were nine populations with a total of about 6,500 plants. The impact of a 1994 fire is not known (Brown et al. 1998).

Details of populations as in Mollemans et al. (1993):

Population [as numbered by
WA CALM]
LocationLand StatusYear of survey/
number of plants
Condition
1Mt HollandVacant Crown Land/Water Reserve1990 - 300Barrow Pit Damage
2N of Lake CroninVacant Crown Land1989 - 50+Good
3S of pop. 2Vacant Crown Land1989 - 400+Good
4North IroncapVacant Crown Land1989 - 100+Good
5ForrestaniaVacant Crown Land1990 - 50+ 
6South IroncapVacant Crown Land1990 - 1000+Good - 1989; some damage by surveyors - 1990
7SE of South IroncapVacant Crown Land1989 - 500+Good

This species has a preference for iron-capped hills and rises on ironstone (lateritic) soil profiles. It is found in low woodlands to low shrublands; associated plants include Dryandra and Allocasuarina species (George 1981; Patrick & Hopper 1982; Taylor & Hopper 1988; Hopper et al. 1990; Mollemans et al. 1993; George 1999). The annual rainfall in the region is 300 mm (George 1996b).

The species possesses a lignotuber and is fire tolerant (George 1996b; Brown et al. 1998). Flowering occurs from Mar.to May (George 1981; Patrick & Hopper 1982; Hopper et al. 1990; George 1996b, 1999). Bees, wasps and ants are recorded as pollinators (Taylor & Hopper 1988).

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
Energy Production and Mining:Mining and Quarrying:Habitat destruction, disturbance and/or modification due to mining activities Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
Energy Production and Mining:Mining and Quarrying:Habitat modification through open cut mining/quarrying activities Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Alteration of hydrological regimes and water quality Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Salinity Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla (Ironcaps Banksia) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008ir) [Conservation Advice].

Brown, A., C. Thomson-Dans & N. Marchant, eds. (1998). Western Australia's Threatened Flora. Como, Western Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management.

George, A.S. (1981). The genus Banksia L.f. (Proteaceae). Nuytsia. 3(3):239-473. Perth, Department of Agriculture.

George, A.S. (1996b). The Banksia Book. Sydney: SGAP.

George, A.S. (1999). Banksia. In: Orchard, A.E., H.S. Thompson & P.M. McCarthy, eds. Flora of Australia. 17B:175-251. Canberra: ABRS and Melbourne: CSIRO.

Hopper, S.D., S. van Leeuwen, A.P. Brown & S.J. Patrick (1990). Western Australia's Endangered Flora and other plants under consideration for declaration. Perth, Western Australia: Department of Consrvation and Land Management.

Mollemans, F.H., P.H. Brown & D.J. Coates (1993). Declared rare flora and other plants in need of special protection in the Merredin District (excluding the Wongan-Ballidu Shire). Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Patrick, S.J. & S.D. Hopper (1982). Guide to the Gazetted Rare Flora of Western Australia: Supplement 1, Report No. 54. Page(s) 94 pp. Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, Perth.

Taylor, A. & S.D. Hopper (1988). The Banksia Atlas. In: Australian Flora and Fauna Series. 8. Canberra: AGPS.

Wrigley, J.W. & M. Fagg (1989). Banksias, Waratahs and Grevilleas and all other plants in the Australian Proteaceae family. Sydney, NSW: William Collins Publishers.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Banksia sphaerocarpa var. dolichostyla in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:27:00 +1000.