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Macquarie Cushion is one of four plants endemic to Macquarie Island
Macquarie Cushion (Azorella macquariensis) is one of only four plants endemic to Macquarie Island (Photo: M. Visoiu)

In 2008, large areas of the Macquarie Cushion (Azorella macquariensis) on Macquarie Island were dying. A collection of plants and seed were brought back to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens as an insurance measure and to research the cause of the dieback. Following successful trials with a potted conservation collection on the Island, a viable on-Island ex-situ conservation collection will be developed, consisting of approximately 50 individual plants collected from wide–ranging populations of Macquarie Cushion across the Island.