Bodalla pomaderris gets TLC on coast

A project aims to help bring a rare Far South Coast plant back from the edge of extinction.

The rare plant Bodalla pomaderris. Picture Jackie Miles, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The rare plant Bodalla pomaderris. Picture Jackie Miles, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden is part of a joint project to ensure the survival of the Bodalla pomaderris, but action is also being taken further south, at Pamboola Wetlands.

Seven of 11 populations have less than 100 plants each and all are located between Bodalla and Merimbula in moist open forest along sheltered gullies or stream banks.

On Thursday, 30 seedlings were planted at Panboola, with project coordinator at Panboola Michelle Richmond saying it was incredibly exciting for her and the project's volunteers.

"It was a great opportunity for own volunteers to be part of the project," she said.

"For me what makes it special is we're actively protecting a threatened species.

CONSERVATION: Dave Taylor and Michelle Richmond plant a bodalla pomaderris seedling at Panboola on Thursday. Picture: Jacob McMaster

CONSERVATION: Dave Taylor and Michelle Richmond plant a bodalla pomaderris seedling at Panboola on Thursday. Picture: Jacob McMaster

"We're hoping this keeps secure the future of the plant."

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage states the plant is vulnerable and threats to its populations include logging, road maintenance and residential development.

Ms Richmond said Panboola was chosen as a suitable site for the project by the Australian National Botanic Gardens partly due to its public profile, which would allow the public to become more educated on the plant, which she said had "beautiful flowers".

She said the plants will be monitored over the next few years to see how they handle the area's conditions such as frost, and if they flower attempts will be made to collect and propagate the seeds.

Work for the conservation of bodalla pomaderris has included seed and cutting collection, propagation, lab and genetic research, replanting and building up reserves of seeds and plants.

The habitat of the Bodalla pomaderris.

The habitat of the Bodalla pomaderris.

Project partners include the South East Bioregion Working Group made up of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, Wollongong Botanic Gardens, Booderee Botanic Gardens and the Australian Botanic Garden as well as researchers from the University of Sydney and CSIRO and threatened species officers from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW and ACT Government.

The project has been assisted by the NSW Government Environmental Trust.

The Bega Valley Shire Council together with the Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project have also supported the establishment of the site at Panboola.

This story Project to save rare South Coast plant Bodalla pomaderris first appeared on Bay Post-Moruya Examiner.