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Frankenia pauciflora var. gunnii


Frankenia pauciflora var. gunniisouthern seaheath

Group:Magnoliophyta (flowering plants), Magnoliopsida (dicots), Violales, Frankeniaceae
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: rare
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Not listed
Found in Tasmania and elsewhere
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Key Points

  • Important: Is this species in your area? Do you need a permit? Ensure you’ve covered all the issues by checking the Planning Ahead page.
  • Important: Different threatened species may have different requirements. For any activity you are considering, read the Activity Advice pages for background information and important advice about managing around the needs of multiple threatened species.


Key Survey reliability more info
M Best time to survey
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M Poor time to survey
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To ensure you follow the law - check whether your survey requires a permit. Always report any new records to the Natural Values Atlas, or send the information direct to the Threatened Species Section. Refer to the Activity Advice: Surveying page for background information.

Frankenia pauciflora
var. gunnii
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  • Frankenia pauciflora var. gunnii is the only member of its family (Frankeniaceae) in Tasmania. The presence of flowers aids the detection of this small, much branched creeping perennial undershrub. Flowering occurs over most of the year (Flora of Victoria) though most Tasmanian herbarium specimens have been collected in November to December.
  • In Tasmania, Frankenia pauciflora var. gunnii is restricted to coastal areas, occurring on exposed granite in the spray zone, usually on the north and north-western shores (Furneaux Group islands) and in salt marshes (Short and Harcus Islands in Robbins Strait on the north-west coast).

Helping the species

Cutting or clearing trees or vegetation






Changing water flow / quality

Use of chemicals


Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image)​.

Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. . Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​