Byfield Matchstick matchhead

Byfield Matchstick

Comesperma oblongatum

Found only on a few headlands from Stockyard Point to Shoalwater Bay on the Capricorn Coast, this small bushy shrub is listed as vulnerable under the Australian Government’s EPBC Act. The shrub grows to about one metre in height and grows pretty pinkish-purple flowers. The stems are reddish in colour with lots of leaves.

Very little is known about this plant, and because it’s found in such a small area it’s vulnerable to extinction if it comes under threat. FBA has supported volunteer surveys to find the plant so we can learn more about it.

Think you’ve seen a Byfield Matchstick somewhere other than Stockyard Point? Contact FBA to help us learn more about this vulnerable species.

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