Amphibromus whitei C.E.Hubb (1941:30)

Swamp wallaby grass



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Helictotrichon whitei (Hubb) Clayton & Renvoize


"some taxonomic uncertainty; difficult to resolve without further materia"

(Silcock et al., 2019:SM:8)


Conservation Status

Extinct (Humphreys et al., 2019:SD1; Albani Rocchetti et al., 2022) or Missing if valid (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:8 [as 'Possibly extant'])

Last record: 1933 (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:8); 25 Oct 1933?



Roma, Maranoa District, Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

C.E.Hubb. Bull. Misc. Inf. Kew 30 (1941).


Other references:

Albani Rocchetti, Giulia, Carta, Angelino, Mondoni, Andrea, Godefroid, Sandrine, Davis, Charles C., Caneva, Giulia, Albrecht, Matthew A., Alvarado, Karla, Bijmoer, Roxali, Borosova, Renata, Bräuchler, Christian, Breman, Elinor, Briggs, Marie, Buord, Stephane, Cave, Lynette H., Da Silva, Nílber Gonçalves, Davey, Alexandra H., Davies, Rachael M., Dickie, John B., Fabillo, Melodina, Fleischmann, Andreas, Franks, Andrew, Hall, Geoffrey, Kantvilas, Gintaras, Klak, Cornelia, Liu, Udayangani, Medina, Leopoldo, Reinhammar, Lars Gunnar, Sebola, Ramagwai J., Schönberger, Ines, Sweeney, Patrick, Voglmayr, Hermann, White, Adam, Wieringa, Jan J., Zippel, Elke Zippel and Abeli, Thomas. (2022). Selecting the best candidates for resurrecting extinct-in-the-wild plants from herbaria. Nature Plants 8: 1385-1393. [Supplementary Tables S1-S6]

Briggs, John D. and Leigh, John H. (1996). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants, 1995 revised edition. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing. x + 466 pp.

Clayton, W. D., Harman, K. T. and Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Hnatiuk, R. J. (1990). Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series 11: 1-650.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Sharp, D. and Simon, B. K. (2002). AusGrass: Grasses of Australia. ABRS Identification Series [interactive CD ROM]. ABRS/CSIRO Publishing. Melbourne. [2014 USB flashdrive edition relevant citation as well?]

Silcock, Jen L., Field, Ashley R., Walsh, Neville G. and Fensham, Roderick J. (2019). To name those lost: assessing extinction likelihood in the Australian vascular flora. Oryx 54(2): 167-177. [Supplementary Material]

Tothill, John Compton and Hacker, J. B. (1983). The grasses of southern Queensland / by J.C. Tothill and J.B. Hacker ; illustrated by J.B. Hacker. St. Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press for the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia.

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.

C.M.Weiller, S.W.L.Jacobs, I.R.Thompson. (2017). Amphibromus whitei. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. [Date Accessed: 13 January 2020]

Wilson, A. (ed.). (2009). Flora of Australia, vol. 44A. Poaceae 2. CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS). 432 pp.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Braby, M. F., Burbidge, A. A., Coates, D., Garnett, S. T., Fensham, R. J., Legge, S. M., McKenzie, N. L., Silcock, J L. and Murphy, B. P. (2019). Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia. Biological Conservation 239: 108261.


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