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Plantrite managing director David Lullfitz and Kings Park’s senior plant breeder Digby Growns.

Threatened species in the spotlight

By Claire Ottaviano

A BULLSBROOK nursery has partnered with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority to grow some of WA’s threatened flora, launching the project on National Threatened Species Day, September 7.

Bullsbrook Plantrite, along with support from not-for-profit Austem Foundation, aim to grow 10 to 15 plant varieties in the project’s first year.

Expert horticulturalists from Kings Park will play a leading role assisting propagation in the collective conservation effort.

Plantrite managing director David Lullfitz got his passion for native plants from his uncle who owned a nursery and would take him into the bush to find endangered plant species.

“He would show me a cluster of 10 plants and it would strike you that those were the only 10 plants in the whole world of this species and when you grow two more now there’s 12,” he said.

“I thought that was pretty special and it always stuck with me.”

The project team are refining the final list of  plants ahead of propagation later this month.

The initial focus is on endangered West Australian plants that naturally occur in areas from Kalbarri down to Esperance, including some species of grevillea from the Darling Scarp.

“It’s not just about the plants,” he said.

“It’s also the wildlife and insects, the whole ecosystem, and when you disrupt it with housing and urbanisation it can cause a few things to get out of balance.

“So you do what you can in your own patch, it’s about everyone doing a little bit.”

Plants should be ready in April 2022 with part profits going back into research and program development.

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