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The SA Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is  recording the known distribution of the rare and endangered West Coast Mintbush (Prostanthera calycina), which is an endemic plant found only on the west coast of South Australia, and within the Chain of Bays.

DENR is seeking information from landowners and scientists who have information on known populations of this beautiful plant. DENR are offering assistance to interested landowners in the form of rabbit control, protection and recovery. If you have information about this species, or you would like to protect this species on your property, please contact:

DENR West Region Office (Pt Lincoln)
Phone (+61 Cool 8688 3111

This plant is endemic to Eyre Peninsula - that means it is found nowhere else in the world. The plant has a scattered distribution from Buckleboo to Coorabie, with the majority of known populations concentrated on limestone outcrops between Lock, Venus Bay and Streaky Bay.

West Coast Mintbush grows on limestone ridges and in mallee vegetation on sandy-loam soils. Overstorey plants that are commonly associated with West Coast Mintbush include: Ridge-fruited Mallee Eucalyptus incrassata; Red Mallee Eucalyptus oleosa; Beaked Red Mallee and Eucalyptus socialis. West Coast Mintbush is also frequently found with understorey plants such as Melaleuca species, Native Apricot, Quandong, Grevillea, Hakea and Spyridium.

West Coast Mintbush flowers between September and December. Fruiting and seeding requires further study. Pollination processes, seed dispersal mechanisms and germination triggers are currently unknown.

For a picture of the West Coast Mintbush please go to "Significant Species" information on the home page menu.


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