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October 15, 2015

CSIRO – Protecting Western Australia’s biodiversity, one daisy at a time

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Western Australia is big. So big that the United Kingdom could fit into it more than 11 times. It’s biologically diverse, too. Breathtakingly so.

Incredibly, there are more species of flowering plants in one national park in the South West of Western Australia than there are in all of the United Kingdom. One flowering plant, Angianthus globuliformis, was only discovered this year, nestled amongst the other flora on the side of Lake Grace in the Wheatbelt. The tiny daisy marked an enormous milestone for Western Australian biodiversity because it was the 10,000th native plant species found in the State. And, with approximately 50 new plant species being added to the Western Australia species list every year, we expect that it won’t be the last.

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Protecting Western Australia’s biodiversity, one daisy at a time

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