Our collaborative project to secure safe custody for the Critically Endangered Native Guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides) is underway. Project partners at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, the Australian National Botanic Garden and Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden are preparing to receive their first plants this spring. At each location, these plants will be established in the ground and monitored carefully for growth, fruiting and any signs of Myrtle Rust infection. Propagation has begun at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan for the next round of plants to be distributed later in the project, as a joint project of the Science and Horticulture teams. Ex situ conservation is needed to ensure this species will survive while long-term recovery options are pursued.
Image by Nathan Emery. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government.