Grevillea blooms for first time in 20 years

The critically endangered Wee Jasper Grevillea is flowering for the first time in 20 years after being protected by the Saving our Species program. Fencing has made all the difference.

Wee Jasper grevillea (Grevillea iaspicula) in bloom

Threatened Species Co-ordinator John Briggs said the thrill of seeing these few remaining plants flower is the exciting culmination of 30 years spent working to recover this species.

“The plant is only found in two places in the world, outside the town of Wee Jasper and on the slopes above Burrinjuck Dam,” said Mr Briggs.

“Unfortunately, this pretty cream-pink flowering shrub is a favourite food of cattle, sheep and goats and they were quickly destroying the last remaining individual plants.

“We set about fencing the plants at these two sites to protect them from being completely destroyed and are now seeing firsthand how this work is paying off.

Collecting seeds from the Wee Jasper grevillea (Grevillea iaspicula)“Earlier this month during our regular monitoring on the shores of Lake Burrinjuck we observed the first flowers these plants have produced in decades.

“We approached the fenced site and were greeted with a mass of tiny, spider-like pink flowers nestled in among flourishing pointed green leaves.

“The plants should continue to flower in the coming months and over summer will produce seed resulting in even more recruitment at the site.

“Thanks to this fencing we also counted around 150 seedlings that had established in recent years and we genuinely can’t wait to see this beautiful plant mature, securing its chance of survival,” Mr Briggs said.

The Saving Our Species team including their NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service colleagues will continue to monitor these sites every 3 months and invest in maintaining the fencing.

For more information visit the Wee Jasper grevillea profile page.