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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 44

Propagation of Xerophytic Plants

Joe McAuliffe

pp: 78-80


The nursery and landscaping industries are always looking for new and exciting plant species. There is great economic potential in relatively unknown Australian plants from which these industries could benefit. In my opinion native Australian plants have not been explored to their full potential.

I am in charge of the permanent pot collection at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. It comprises Australian native plants that are either difficult to grow in cultivation or have a conservation status. While these plants have proven difficult to grow in Canberra's heavy clay soils, they perform very well when containerised. The plants in the collection represent different ecological areas from within Australia, which include plants from temperate to arid environments. The plants in this collection are genetically identical to wild or naturally occurring plant populations.

In total the collection holds 378 different taxa. Included in the collection are small trees, shrubs,

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