Pea is back
A formerly extinct native legume is back from the brink of extinction thanks to collaborative re-introduction works between government agencies, conservation groups and private landholders across north-east Victoria.
The mountain Swainson-pea (Swainsona recta) was once abundant but declined significantly post-European settlement and was last known to occur in Victoria in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park up until 2012.
It is now listed as a threatened and endangered species in Victoria.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s senior biodiversity officer Glen Johnson said a five-year program had resulted in the plant being established on 10 secure public and private land sites within the north-east catchment.
Mr Johsnon said before the reintroduction project Swainsona recta was considered extinct in the wild in Victoria, with surviving populations being in NSW and the Australian Capital Territory.
‘‘This year around 600 seedlings, propagated and raised by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, will be planted with more than 1000 seedlings planted overall to date,’’ he said.
This project is jointly funded through the Victorian Government and the North East CMA through the Federal Government’s National Landcare Program.
Re-established: The mountain Swainson-pea (Swainsona recta).