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Australia-first research reveals staggering loss of threatened plants over 20 years

Source: theconversation.com

When it comes to threatened species, charismatic animals usually get the most attention. But many of Australia’s plants are also in grave danger of extinction, and in many cases, the problem is getting worse.

New Australia-first research shows the population sizes of our threatened plants fell by almost three-quarters, on average, between 1995 and 2017. The findings were drawn from Australia’s 2020 Threatened Species Index, which combines data from almost 600 sites.

Plants are part of what makes us and our landscapes unique. They are important in their own right, but also act as habitat for other species and play critical roles in the broader ecosystem. MORE

Header image: Plants, such as WA’s Endangered Foote’s grevillea, make our landscape unique. Credit: Andrew Crawford / WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions.