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Mountain Swainson Pea (Swainsona recta) (Photo: R. Hotchkiss)
Mountain Swainson Pea (Swainsona recta) (Photo: R. Hotchkiss)

Throughout the ACT, the Mountain Swainson Pea is at risk from habitat loss and degradation due to agricultural and urban development, changes in grazing pressures and competition-by understory species that have flourished under a reduced fire frequency and invading weeds. The small, fragmented nature of their populations makes them susceptible to destruction from a single catastrophic event. The Australian National Botanic Gardens is collaborating with the public and private sectors to secure the future of this species through seed collection and banking, and the propagation of plants for translocation to a secure site.