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Tiny daisy gives Western Australia its 10,000 native plant species



September 7, 2015
Angianthus globuliformis Photo Florabase, DPAW

Angianthus globuliformis Photo Florabase, DPAW

This tiny daisy, Angianthus globuliformis, in Western Australia makes the 10,000th native plant species identified in this world hot-spot of plant biodiversity.

The geographical isolation of Western Australia (WA) means that it has a very unique range of native flora – if it were a country, it would rank 20th in the world for its number of plant species. Many of these plants are found either in the Kimberley region in the northern part of the state, or in the south-west, where this tiny daisy lives on the edge of a salt lake near Lake Grace in WA’s Wheatbelt.

An incredible 50 new species are discovered, named and described by the WA Herbarium at the Department of Parks and Wildlife every year, showing that there are many plants still unknown.

For fans of spider orchids, WA has also just named another 17 new species, making 158 species of spider orchids found in the state.

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