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Species and status overview
A spindly shrub growing to about 1 m with fine white hairs over the branches Ozothamnus eriocephalus occurs in a range of different habitats from the edges of vine and gallery forest; to tall open Eucalypt forest with an understory of Allocasuarina; to open eucalypt forest with Acacia and scrub understory. It is found at moderate to high elevations 380-950 m.
O. eriocephalus has become vulnerable through a combination of threats including inappropriate land management regimes (e.g. fire and grazing) and degradation of natural habitat by weeds.
The species has been recorded locally in the following areas:
- Peases Lookout and Dick’s Tableland in Eungella National Park
- Sydney Heads at Homevale National Park
- Finch Hatton Gorge
- Lake Elphinstone
- Mt. Abbot
- Gloucester Island
- Redcliffe vale
O. eriocephalus features a web of fine hairs over the lance-shaped leaves giving the plant a pale hue. The leaves are dark green on the underside with prominent veins on the top. Flowers are purple to white, 3 mm long and also covered in the white hairs.
This species flowers in March and May and from July to September, with fruiting recorded in March and July.
Known threats include
- Invasion by exotic weeds such as Molasses grass and Guinea grass or Lantana camara and blue-top
- Overgrazing especially near cattle camps beside watering points and molasses troughs
- Inappropriate timber harvesting
- Inappropriate fire regimes
What can I do?
- Manage and prevent the establishment of weeds such as Lantana in areas of known populations
- Maintain fire regimes which are suitable for the habitat in which this species occurs. Refer to: The Clarke Connors Range Fire Management Guidelines
Photo credit: Steve and Alison Pearson