A large proportion of Australian native terrestrial orchids are endangered or threatened in New South Wales which is why they are a focus for the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.
With funding from the program, Dr Newby has been studying eight rare species over the last three years to try and germinate the orchids in a laboratory at the award-winning Australian PlantBank facility, located at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
“One particular genus, as far as we’re aware, no one has ever been able to germinate from seed,” explains Newby.
“There’s obviously something quite challenging in its biology that no one has been able to grow them. On the opposite end of that, for one species we have over 2000 seedlings in tissue culture.”
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Not just a place where you can experience the wonder of plants, the Gardens are also the nation’s premier botanical research organisation, playing an essential role in species conservation.
With the support of people like you, our scientists have been able to bank seeds from more than 70 per cent of NSW threatened plant species! You can help support this vital work by donating here.