WAMA and Jallukar Landcare have joined together to create a seed bank for restoring grasslands on the edge of the Grampians. Recently over 20 volunteers from WAMA, Grampians Australian Plant Society and staff from Greening Australia met in Pomonal. Our task was to sort, classify and plant seed collected over the past 6 months as part of the Grasslands Seed Project.
Expertise and knowledge was shared by local horticulturist Phil Williams, Botanist Neil Marriott and Ecologist Jess Gardner. Under their guidance, we learned how to de-construct the pods, locate the seed and place into labelled bags, weighed and ready for planting. As part of this exercise we also had the opportunity to take a close up look at each seed pod with the aid of a macro lens. How exciting this was to see the beauty and intricacies of nature – the patterns and symmetry unfolding under a macro lens – wonderful detail not visible to our human eye.
The plan is to grow these seeds “in captivity” for some years so as to build up the numbers before using them in restoration projects.
Some websites you may enjoy exploring:
A collection of photographs of plants and habitats, mostly from southern Victoria.
Canberra’s National Botanic Garden has been building up a collection of photographs and illustrations of Australian native plants for many years, which they are now working on digitising. They are also asking serious photographers to contribute reliable identified photographs to the index.
This freely downloadable e-book (PDF format), from the Field Naturalists of Victoria , consists of 9 parts, and is intended to serve as a resource to assist in the identification of some fungi that may be encountered in our native forests. It contains 340 species and over 1700 photographs of fungi, plus references for further study.