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Plants on the Precipice Project (2013-2015)

ANBG staff Heather Sweet, Anne Phillips and Joe McAuliffe collecting Rytidosperma pumila on top of Mt Lee. Photo: Joe McAuliffe
ANBG staff Heather Sweet, Anne Phillips and Joe McAuliffe collecting Rytidosperma pumila on top of Mt Lee
Photo: Joe McAuliffe
    Celmisia costiniana in bloom. Photo: Joe McAuliffe, ANBG
Celmisia costiniana in bloom
Photo: Joe McAuliffe, ANBG

Mountain plant species are one of the most extinction-prone groups of plants if our climate continues to become warmer in the future.

The Plants on the Precipice Project, focusing on plants in the alpine and mountain regions of Australia, draws on our diverse research expertise to better understand how these plants germinate and under what conditions.

This will help us understand where these plants may become extinct and where they may become more common.

By collecting and banking seed for long term conservation, and undertaking research to determine which species are resilient to changing climates, we can identify species that offer potential for restoration or translocation.