Cliffhanging 5: Leionema lachnaeoides

Few people in the world could find or recognise the threatened plant Leionema lachnaeoides, but in this video Damien Vella from the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden shares his infectious enthusiasm for it and how people can help it survive into the future.

Leionema lachnaeoides and Damien Vella

Leionema lachnaeoides is an endangered shrub, with as few as 450 plants left in the wild. This shrub looks like many other Blue Mountains plants until it flowers in spring with its distinctive yellow flower heads.

This species is found in the upper Blue Mountains, growing at a few places between Katoomba and Blackheath. It occurs on exposed sandstone cliff tops and terraces between 960 and 1000 metres above sea level.

See Saving our Species videos for 4 more very special cliff-dwelling plants of the same area.