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Zieria collections in Kybeyan Nature Reserve

 

A group of staff and volunteers from the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) visited Kybeyan Nature Reserve and the south coast in November, December and January to make collections of a group of poorly understood endemic Australian plants. The Zieria genus, part of the Rutaceae family, contains many threatened species requiring conservation action. However, the seed biology of this genus genus is poorly understood and seeds are currently difficult to store in seed banks. These collections will be used to develop seed banking and conservation protocols.

The seeds will be held at the ANBG, as well as at the Millenium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in the UK. As these plant species had not been collected before, they will add to the tally of our 1000 Species Project, and further develop our understanding of threatened native plants.


(Photo: Fanny Karouta-Manasse, ANBG)