What’s going on in the Research Garden?
New plants are being raised in the Research Garden at Cranbourne Gardens, as part of a new project Raising Rarity, which works to conserve rare, threatened and endangered Australian species by introducing them into horticulture.
Habitat loss is the greatest challenge to survival for many of our native plants. Raising Rarity aims to increase awareness of endangered wildflowers with the hope that they will grow well and produce more seed so that they can be sold (and saved) commercially in nurseries.
Seedbank Officer Meg Hirst alongside researchers from University of Melbourne have been diligently growing these plants from seed that has been collected in the wild.
To date, 495 natives have been planted with many more soon to come. Some of the rare and threatened or endangered Victorian species include:
- Hoary Sunray (Leucochrysum albicans subsp. Tricolor) – very rare and endangered (pictured)
- Alpine Podolepis (Podolepis robusta) – confined to higher elevations in the Australian Alps (pictured)
- Button Wrinklewort (Rutidosis leptorhynchoides) – endangered due to loss of habitat (pictured)
- Brachyscome tadgellii – endemic to Victoria and a vulnerable Alpine species (pictured)
- Swamp Everlasting (Xerochrysum palustre) – vulnerable due to habitat depletion
This wonderful project has been made possible with thanks to funding grants from the Australian Flora Foundation and Melbourne Friends.