17 November 2021
What’s happening in the First Creek Wetland’s ‘settlement’ pond?An alga has been growing there that hasn’t been recorded in Adelaide for many years.
Date posted: 31 August 2017
Two of the South Australian Seed Centre's expert volunteers recently travelled north to the Everard Ranges in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) to search and collect seeds and specimens of some significant plant species.
Denzel Murfet and Kieran Brewer, who have spent many years assisting the Centre since its inception nearly 15 years ago, hit the road and met with the Dodd family - the Traditional Landowners for the Sandy Bore IPA (Indigenous Protected Area) in the Everard Ranges, as well as IPA coordinator Mitch Rosewarne.
The pair spent a number of nights camped at Victory Well and Ildulkana, and even got to watch a local football match between Ildulkana and Amata.
Kieran and Denzel collected over 100 plant specimens and recorded over 1,500 images for hundreds of plant species from the region.
They are also achieved seed collections for a number of significant species including Prostanthera nudula, Ptilotus schwartzii and Sida platycalyx (see below).
They also recorded 45 bird species for the Birds Australia Atlas, including dusky grass wrens, western bowerbirds, grey-headed honeyeaters, scarlet-chested parrots, & painted finches, while they camped at Victory Well.
Some of the notable plant species of interest in the region, which are only currently known in SA from very restricted localities, include:
With Denzel’s help we're now identifying the many plant specimens, cleaning and processing the numerous seed collections, and labelling & uploading the hundreds of plant species images to the Seeds of South Australia webpage.
This will take weeks of Denzel’s time, in addition to the 10 days of field work that both Kieran and Denzel provided to undertake this trip at their own expense.
The SA Seed Conservation Centre is exceedingly indebted to Kieran and Denzel for their tireless efforts and passion for plants!
These efforts will see a number of new species collections added to the SA Seed Bank, as well as information and images for many SA plant species that will be made available to the public.
The South Australian Seed Conservation Centre is proudly supported by CMV Foundation, Thyne Reid Foundation, Antony & Mary Lou Simpson, ElectraNet and High Noon Trust.