Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Lotte von Richter


Technical Officer


Science & Public Programs


Ecology at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan



02 4634 7912


02 4648 2465


  • Long-term ecological monitoring of the Conservation Area at the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Seed collection and processing of understorey species for research
  • Conduct experiments on seeds for germination and dormancy breaking techniques

Current research projects

  • Development of web pages on the Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland
  • Seed biology of understorey Cumberland Plain woodland plants, including germination, dormancy and long term seed storage
  • Seed ecology involving seedling growth after fire and seed burial

Research interests

  • seed germination
  • seed dormancy
  • seed storage
  • flannel flowers


Cumberland Plain Woodland Ecology, seed ecology, flannel flowers

Key publications

  • von Richter, L. and Offord, C. (1997). Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) as a cut flower crop. RBG 1A.  Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation: Canberra. 66 pp.
  • von Richter, L. and Offord, C. (1998).  Flannel flowers.  In ‘the New Rural Industries, A Handbook for Farmers and Investors’. (Ed. K. W. Hyde).  pp. 505-511 (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation: Canberra).
  • von Richter, L and Offord, C. (1998). Propagation of flannel flowers. Combined Proceedings of the International Plant Propagators Society. 47: 71-73.
  • von Richter, L. and Offord, C.A. (1999). Factors affecting field performance of Flannel Flowers. Proceedings of the 5th Australian Wildflower Conference, April 14-17, 1999, Melbourne (RIRDC: Canberra).
  • von Richter, L., Offord, C.A. (2000). Development of a Flannel flower production system. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation: Canberra, Publication NO. 00/106, 54pp.
  • von Richter, L. and Offord, C. (2001).  Flannel flowers, cultivation for cut-flower production is possible. Australian Plants 21: 91-99/107.
  • von Richter, L., Azzopardi, A., Johnstone, R. and Offord, C. (2001). Seed germination in the rare shrub Grevillea kennedyana (Proteaceae). Cunninghamia 7: 205-212.
  • von Richter, L. (2001).  Commercial growing of cut flowers.  Proceedings of the 21st Biennial Conference of the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants, Canberra October 2001.  ASGAP, Canberra Region Inc.
  • von Richter, L., Little, D. and Howell, J. (2005). Progress in research on fire-related responses of seeds in grassy woodlands in western Sydney. Proceedings of the Fifth Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology, ACMER, Brisbane. 5pp.


Lotte von Richter