Rare Plant Reintroduction
Hi all! Are any of you aware of rare fern translocations that have been attempted, either by (a) sowing spores directly into the recipient site, or (b) sowing spores onto materials suchs a rocks or moss which can then be installed at the recipient site? This is something we will probably attempt in the next year or two in Miami or Puerto Rico, and I would love to hear anything about lessons learned from other similar attempts, whether successful or not. Thanks! Jennifer Possley, Conservation Program Manager at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
posted by Jennifer Possley on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 2:16pm
My colleagues and I are working on a large rare plant project on the Channel Islands in California. One of our objectives is to increase population size of small occurrences and also establishing new populations in suitable habitat to provide redundancy. For the annual plants in our project (e.g., Malacothrix, Pentachaeta, Thysanocarpus) and possibly one Dudleya species, we plan to use locally collected seed, bulk that seed in our greenhouse, and then return it to the islands. I know that seeding often has low success rates.
posted by Heather Schneider on Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 9:06am
Specific funding sources for rare plant conservation may vary greatly by region, taxon, and year. In the video link below, Mary Pfaffko from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources describes sources and strategies for securing rare plant conservation funding in Georgia, which may have parallels to other states and regions.
posted by Center for Plant Conservation on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:38am
Our team is working on the reintroduction of a species endemic to cracks in rocks of shoals. The water does eb and flow but stays generally wet. Has anyone tried glues to help plants establish within rocks? Our current collection is robust, has a large root mass grown in beds compared to in situ material that is essentially "bonsai-grown" in small rock cracks. We will re-grow this material to establish at younger, smaller size. But is there a glue or some sort of material that can help the plant material "stick" or "puddy-in" to the rock?
posted by Jennifer Ceska on Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:44pm