Thanks to Aurizon Community Giving Fund partnering with FNPW and providing $15,000 to a conservation project bringing together a team of local traditional owners with parks staff in order to help threatened species recovery in the Millstream Chichester National Park (MCNP).
This project is helping to control Stinking Passionflower, Passiflora foetida weed within parts of MCNP. Controlling the Stinking Passionflower will help to protect the Pilbara Olive Python’s, Morelia olivaceus barroni breeding grounds and the Northern Quoll’s, Dasyurus hallucatus habitat and food sources.
This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.
Major sponsor: Aurizon Community Giving Fund
The Pilbara Olive Python is listed as Vulnerable under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and as a species that is Rare or Likely to become Extinct under the Wildlife Conservation Act (1950). The Olive Python is culturally important to the Yindjibarndi people as a traditional food source and through mythological narratives and Law song cycles.
Stinking Passionflower is a climbing or scrambling vine with sticky hairs over most of the plant. Its stems produce tendrils from the bases of the alternately arranged leaves. Its leaves (3-10.5 cm long) usually have three rounded or pointed lobes, but sometimes they can be entire or five-lobed. Its flowers (3-5 cm across) vary from pinkish to white or purplish in colour and are borne singly in the leaf forks. Its yellow or orange fruit (1.5-4 cm long) are partially enclosed by the persistent, deeply-divided, sticky floral bracts.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT
The project was completed in 2018.
This project was funded by FNPW in 2016.