Volunteers helping to save endangered plants

Date posted: 31 August 2018

Friends of the Botanic Gardens volunteers have been busy preparing tiny seedlings of an endangered native plant.

This plant shown in the image gallery is Codonocarpus pyramidalis (Slender bell-fruit) and it is mainly found in the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia. It was historically recorded near Broken Hill in New South Wales, but sadly, it’s now believed to be extinct there.

Preparing these tiny seedlings requires a lot of skill, as the seeds are just a few millimetres long - an amazing fact considering that the mature tree can grow to 8 metres! Our volunteers are sowing the seeds in preparation for relocation. Once the plants are mature, they will be displayed in the newly landscaped Goodman Plaza on Hackney Road.

Our volunteers are working alongside the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre to make sure that we don’t lose this important species. The work is vital to ensure that native, South Australia plants are conserved well into the future.

Thank you to ElectraNet for helping to support this important program. Find out more about this native plant by visiting Seeds of South Australia.

You can also help to ensure the success of this important conservation program by making a tax-deductible donation on the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation website.