Growing the Future

Native Plant Seed Collection 2023

Growing the Future

Native Plant Seed Collection 2023

Community Participation -


The issue

The Riverina Highlands Landcare Nursery at Tumut propagates local provenance seed. Obtaining seed from local provenance native plant species can be a challenge due to a paucity of trained collectors, and access to suitable plant stock. Seed availability varies with different plant species throughout the year and its presence can also be dependent on varying climatic conditions.

The solution

The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Project assisted with the training of members of a Local Aboriginal Land Council Group to identify suitable native plant species. A collaboration of learner Seed Collectors attended a farm at Mt Adrah, as one of Murrumbidgee Landcare’s seed source sites.  The Murrumbidgee Landcare Project Officer coordinated and led the day.  Knowledge sharing amongst the group included species identification to help determine the appropriate time for seed harvesting. The collection of various native seed varieties was delivered to the Riverina Highlands Landcare Nursery for propagation.

The impact

Seed collected from plant species as listed below: 

Acacia dealbata Silver Wattle
Acacia ulicifolia Prickly Moses
Acacia melanoxylon Australian Blackwood
Acacia implexa Hickory Wattle
Acacia paradoxa Kangaroo Thorn
Acacia decurrens Black Wattle
Acacia pravissima Tumut Wattle
Acacia boormanii Snowy Riverr Wattle
Grevillea wilkonsonii Tumut Grevillea
Arthropodium strictum Chocolate Lily
Glycine clandestina Twining Glycine


Grevillea wilkinsonii was collected under the Threatened Species program involving the Local Aboriginal Land Council.


Key facts

  • Mature seed availability varies temporally with different native plant species.
  • Native Seed collecting is a trainable skill.

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