Bloomin’ good effort: Rare shrub growing thanks to planned burns

The critically-endangered Spiny Rice-flower is blooming in Marong. Picture: DELWP
The critically-endangered Spiny Rice-flower is blooming in Marong. Picture: DELWP

PLANNED ecological burns by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have helped boost the numbers of a critically-endangered floral species.

The Spiny Rice-flower is a perennial shrub with spine-tipped stems with small white flowers and only occurs in the Central West of Victoria. 

It has been blooming in Marong thanks to recent burns which were designed to encourage mature plants to regenerate.

DELWP senior biodiversity officer, Karly Learmonth said the burned was conducted by the CFA, DEWLP, the City of Greater Bendigo and Mid-Loddon Conservation Management Network members.

“Planned burning is an essential tool in managing this species and helps the plants to re-sprout, regrow as well as promoting germination,” DELWP senior biodiversity officer, Karly Learmonth said. "We are thrilled to see the Spiny Rice-flower re-sprouting beautifully and the ground layer has opened up, providing the space for new plants to emerge.”