First translocation of endangered Ginninderra Peppercress

Released 11/09/2013

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today helped local volunteers start planting more than a thousand endangered Ginninderra Peppercress plants.

Listed as vulnerable nationally and endangered locally, the Ginninderra Peppercress only grows in small parts of Lawson and Mitchell in a combined area of just 300 square metres.

Mr Corbell said this is the first time the plant species has been translocated into the wild.

"Spreading the new plants across two new sites at Crace and Dunlop will provide insurance against events such as bushfire, prolonged drought or human activities that may damage remaining wild populations," he said.

"The ACT Government has provided funding of $62,000 since 2009-10 to the Australian National Botanical Gardens for the protection of a number of threatened plants. Of this funding, $2,000 was provided in 2009-10 specifically to propagate Ginninderra Peppercress plants using seed collected from the Lawson colony.

 "Greening Australia Capital Region also recently received $14,000 funding from this year's ACT Environment Grants program, to engage the community in the planting of the Ginninderra Peppercress to prevent its extinction."

The project is a joint partnership between the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the Australian Government and Greening Australia.

"Community participation is the key to this important environmental project. As well as the planting, volunteers will also help with the ongoing maintenance of the plants," Mr Corbell said.

"This is a great conservation outcome for a threatened species and a great example of cooperation between government agencies, NGOs and the community."

The Ginninderra Peppercress is a perennial herb and member of the mustard family. It grows to a height of about 20 cm, with one to six branched stems arising from the rootstock.


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