Propagating rare native orchids one tiny seed at a time

Dedicated ecologist, Julie Radford, has worked for the last 12 years to propagate rare native orchids to help bring them back from extinction. Last year she decided to ramp-up her efforts.

Ms Radford spent $30,000 setting-up a home laboratory, which allowed her to propagate and pot over 800 rare endangered orchids native to central Victoria.

In a few years time the plants will be ready to go back out into the wild.

Some of the plants, like the Stuart Mill spider orchid and the red cross spider orchid, have been on the very brink of extinction.

Ms Radford currently has 250 pots of the McIvor spider orchid, which only has about six known wild plants around Australia.

Read more at ABC News (Beth Gibson)


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