Scientific name: Durringtonia paludosa

Status:

  • Queensland: Near Threatened (NCA 2006)

Description

The durringtonia is a weak-stemmed herbaceous plant that grows to 1m height in wet heath. The leaves are ovate to narrow shaped, growing up to 0.8-1.5cm long. The durringtonia belongs to the flowering plants (Angiosperms) and has separate male and female plants, requiring both sexes for plant reproduction.

Habitat

The durringtonia grows along the eastern coastline from Newcastle to Moreton Island. The species grows in closed sedge land communities in coastal swamps.

Further expansion of current durringtonia population is limited due to distances between habitats and the interference of urban development. The plant requires a permanent fresh underground water supply.

Threats

  • Lack of genetic diversity due to isolation
  • Degradation and loss of habitat.

Conservation

Durringtonia is protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is an offence to damage or interfere with durringtonia in any other way than when accepted by the Act.

Redland City Council manages environmental weeds throughout the Redlands Coast to minimise their impact on native ecosystems and plants such as durringtonia.

Did you know...?

In 1993, Bostock аnd Thomas recorded the fіrst durringtonia plants оn North Stradbroke Island since 1935.

How you can help

Manage environmental weeds on your property - see IndigiScapes’ brochure entitled Environmental Weeds of the Redlands [PDF, 5.0MB] or visit the centre for advice on how to remove them and stop them from spreading.

Record your sightings on the Atlas of Living Australia