Botanic gardens saving Australia’s native orchids

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has teamed up with the state’s biggest centre for the conservation of rare and threatened orchids.

The Orchid Conservation Program, led by Dr Noushka Reiter, is responsible for the propagation and re-introduction of some of south-eastern Australia’s most threatened orchids and has brought many species of native orchid back from the brink of extinction.

Reiter will speak at a seminar next Wednesday 1 July explaining the program and its work and focus on three of the more than 20 species re-introduced since 2007.

She will also look into the programs future and the focus for coming months and years.

The seminar is open to the public at 1pm in Mueller Hall, the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. No RSVP required.

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