Project: 2.4

Developing a Red Hot List for Australia's most imperiled plants

Project Leaders: Rod Fensham

Over 1100 Australian plant species are listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered under Federal and/or State legislation – triple the number of threatened animal species. Some of these plant species are at risk of extinction.

The Red Hot List of threatened plants will be an early-warning tool for managers, providing the list of at-risk species as well as the necessary information to enact on-ground conservation efforts.

It will also identify a list of data deficient species which may be eligible for the list, but further surveys are required to assess population parameters and trends.

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Image: Tallong Midge Orchid by John Briggs/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)