Rare and critically endangered plant species have shown
positive signs of repopulation in local reserves, as part of a recovery
initiative by Green Adelaide and in partnership
with Trees For Life and City
Of the four species introduced by Trees for Life volunteers
in June, two of them have proven to be particularly strong
performers, these are: the Golden Billy Buttons and the Showy Copper Wire
Mayor Glenn Docherty said the project was key to rescuing native plants already on the
edge of extinction.
“Before it was almost impossible to find these little
plants in South Australia, so to see them return means a lot to the recovery of
our environment,” Mayor Docherty said.
Reserves towards the east of the city were among the
locations chosen due to their
high-quality grassy woodland environment.
“We’ve had a promising start and we’re hopeful about the other
species, but we will assess the
situation after summer,” Mayor
“Council is committed to improving our native species
coverage across Playford.”
Eight metropolitan councils in total have reintroduced
species over 20 locations within the Green Adelaide region,
Green Adelaide Ecologist Jason van Weenen said,
“incredibly, some species have done so well that it has already enabled the
collection of seed from these sites that can now be propagated for future
recent surveying and along with Trees for Life are responsible for the ongoing
care of the plants.