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

16 Dec 2020
Plants, such as WA’s Endangered Foote’s grevillea, make our landscape unique. Credit: Andrew Crawford / WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions

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.

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