(From the CMA newsletter but covering several of the activities FOGG members have helped with.)
Wimmera Threatened Species Officer Pauline Rudolph compiled a list of achievements after ‘a year to remember’. Ms Rudolph said the flora team had ‘significant’ achievements during the year. “There are certainly more things worthy of mention, but 10 is a good take-home message,” she said. “Many of these achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of our plant-enthusiast volunteers.” Ms Rudolph said the top 10 achievements were in no specific order.
The State Government funds the Wimmera Threatened Species program through Wimmera CMA. The top 10 achievements were:
- A new location of the Tawny Spider-orchid, Caladenia fulva.
- Creating collections for the Millennium SeedBank project with the Royal Botanic Gardens.
- Extending the population of the Grampians Bitter-Pea, Daviesia laevis in the Grampians.
- Roadside-plant studies north of the Little Desert, updating numbers and health for the Hairy-Pod wattle, Acacia glandulicapa, and the Jumping Jack wattle, Acacia enterocarpa.
- Confirmation of bee pollination for the Candy Spider-orchid, Caladenia versicolor.
- Achieving a full count and sex ratio distribution for the two sites of Wimmera Rice Flower, Pimelea spinescens subsp. Pubiflora. Natimuk, 3463 plants, Minyip, 188 plants.
- Pollinator identification for orchids pollinated by Thynnine wasps
- Success for an orchid reintroduction project with a 60 percent emergence of the Yellow-lipped Spider-orchid, Caladenia xanthochila, and 90 percent emergence for the Candy Spider-orchid, Caladenia versicolor.
- Establishing the Horsham Orchid ex-situ growth laboratory.
- Establishing monitoring quadrats for the Grampians Rice flower, Pimelea pagophila to monitor post-fire population.