First Harvest in Seed Production Areas

February 26, 2015

 

Our Mallee Seeds project is reaping its first rewards at our northen seed production area near Bugle Hut. With the help of the Murray Bridge Aboriginal Learning On Country (ALOC) team, we collected seed from two species; Einadia nutans (Climbing Salt Bush) and Convolvulus remotus (Native Bindweed).

 

Einadia nutans is a climbing groundcover that will propagate easily making it an ideal plant for use in revegetation projects. It forms a dense mat from a single stem and will grow well even under established mallee tree and shrub species. Its habit makes it a useful plant for stabilising sandy soils.

 

Einadia nutans also produces edible berries and is therefore a valuable habitat plant. It provides an important food source for many insect species including the Salt-Bush Blue butterfly.

 

Convolvulus remotus is a twining plant that occurs in grasslands. Like Einadia nutans it is also an important food source for native butterflies and other insects.

 

Seeds were collected by hand using dust pans and hand brooms. They were then taken to the Murray Bridge Community Nursery where they were sifted, cleaned and laid out to dry in the igloo. Once dried, it will contribute to the Community Seed Bank for future revegetation projects.

 

This project is supported by the Murray Mallee Local Action Planning Association through funding from the Australian Government.

 

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