Rare native plant species re-introduced in our City

Published on 17 February 2023

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Seven rare native plants have been re-introduced in the City of Tea Tree Gully as part of a wider metropolitan Adelaide project to improve urban biodiversity.

Green Adelaide is driving the project, with the tall daisy and golden billy button among the species planted.

The seven species had largely disappeared from around metropolitan Adelaide since European settlement due to land management changes, disturbance and weeds.

"Through this project, we are hoping to learn more about the conditions and management needed to keep these species persisting in the landscape," said Green Adelaide ecologist Jason van Weenen.

Bush for Life manager Amelia Hurren said Trees for Life provided the people power for the planting days.

"We've worked with the SA Seed Conservation Centre at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium on the selection of species for these sites, the sourcing of the limited seed, and preparing it for the best chance of germination.”

The project will be a key to learning more about the growing conditions for a range of rare plants and could help get these species into more areas around Adelaide.

“It’s great to be involved in a project like this,” said Sabine Koolen, of the City of Tea Tree Gully.

“With the assistance of volunteers, the seven species have been reintroduced to two of our local conservation reserves.”

Sabine said that depending on the success of the trial, they would look at re-introducing more of these species in the future to further boost local biodiversity.

Plantings took place in our City in May 2022. Some species have already produced seeds, which have been collected by Green Adelaide.

Green Adelaide is Adelaide’s first dedicated urban environmental specialist organisation.

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One of the conservation reserves where rare native plant species have been planted 

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