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Australian PlantBank

PlantBank is the award-winning home of plant conservation research, germplasm collection and storage in New South Wales, located at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Our seed and tissue culture collections provide an insurance policy against extinction of native plants in the wild. 

PlantBank is currently closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will assess this again in December and align with the latest Government Health Orders.

Our seed collecting trips

Discaria nitida, Leafy Anchor Plant, with seeds bagged for a Saving Our Species project in Kosciuszko National Park.

Collecting threatened Discaria nitida, Leafy Anchor Plant, in 2017 for a Saving Our Species project in Kosciuszko National Park.

Collecting Discaria nitida, Leafy Anchor Plant, in 2018. Threatened species seed collections often need to be spread over several seasons.

Seed collector Gavin Phillips returns with bagged seed collections of Leafy Anchor Plant, Discaria nitida.

Collecting species of horticultural interest from the Gibber Plains near White Cliffs in far western NSW.

Collecting Ptilotus nobilis, Regal Foxtail, for horticultural use in the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Collecting Tasmannia purpurescens, Purple Pepperberry, in the snow on Barrington Tops for a project to bank seeds of species affected by soil pathogens.

Fruits of Tasmannia purpurescens, Purple Pepperberry, collected in the snow for PlantBank.

Collecting wildflowers on the New England Tablelands for horticultural development.

Gumnuts of the rare Eucalyptus olsenii, Woila Gum, collected for the Global Trees Project, a collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK).

Potamophila parviflora, Hastings River Grass, a wild rice relative collected for PlantBank.

PlantBank staff collecting critically endangered orchids as part of a project with the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.

Banksia integrifolia in flower at Elderslie Banksia Scrub, a local critically endangered ecological community.

Collecting seed of Banksia integrifolia for the Saving our Species project to regenerate Elderslie Banksia Scrub.

PlantBank staff collecting threatened Ranunculus anemoneus, Anemone Buttercup, from the alpine herbfields below the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.

Ranunculus anemoneus, Anemone Buttercup, is a threatened species endemic to the highest mountains of Kosciuszko National Park.

Blue Lake in Kosciuszko National Park, the site of collection for Carex archeri.

The tiny Carex archeri growing on the rocky shores of Blue Lake, Kosciuszko National Park.

Gavin collecting seeds on the windswept feldmark of Kosciuszko National Park. This feldmark is the rarest vegetation community in Australia, covering only 4 hectares.

Feldmark Eyebright, Euphrasia collina subspecies lapidosa, only grows on the windswept feldmark near Mount Kosciuszko.

Tiny fruit within the Feldmark Eyebright, Euphrasia collina subspecies lapidosa, with the collectors fingernail for scale!

Flower of endangered Solanum sulphureum, a newly described species from the mid North Coast of NSW.

Fruits of the endangered Solanum sulphureum from the mid North Coast of NSW.

Seedbank assistant Jessica Wait collecting fruits of the Silver Sword Lily, Neoastelia spectabilis. This species is only found on the New England escarpment, west of Dorrigo in NSW.

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The Australian PlantBank pages were updated in 2018 by staff of the
Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust, with editing by Amelia Martyn Yenson.

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Dharawal country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future​.