Persoonia, known as Geebungs in eastern Australia, are notoriously difficult to grow and many are rare or endangered. Persoonia only occur in Australia.
We are researching the ecology of several Persoonia species to better understand the factors that control fruit set and seed germination. It is hoped that from this knowledge we can then propagate plants more successfully and efficiently.
Some Persoonia species are rare and threatened. Our research is vital for the development and implementation of translocation programs for these species, ensuring their populations persist in the wild, while also including species in future restoration and conservation programs. It is our aim to provide this information to growers and researchers on how best to produce and conserve these species. Read about our recent planting of the critically endangered North Rothbury Persoonia (Persoonia pauciflora) with the Office of Environment and Heritage and volunteers from the local community.