Flower power making a comeback

Monday, 30 July 2018

Council is digging in to enhance local biodiversity with the re-establishment of four species of native orchids in Moonee Valley.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said the project is more than planting pretty flowers, it also connects us to our local Wurundjeri culture and history.

“These orchids were once a staple food for Aboriginal people, and were common in our grass and woodland areas before they were destroyed by grazing animals and development,” Cr Sipek said.

“Today, less than one per cent of native grasslands remain and we are lucky to have small pockets still surviving where we can once again plant traditional bush tucker such as the orchid and the murnong.

“These plantings are an important part of our reconciliation efforts and we look forward to seeing more native species thriving in the area.

“Our recent Walk with Wurundjeri event in Essendon gave residents the chance to help re-establish the murnong, which we will harvest later in the year.”

Portfolio holder for Planning and Environment, Cr Nicole Marshall, said the conservation project included three species of greenhood orchids and one sun orchid.

“The plants posed a bit of a challenge for our conservation team as they are known for being quite delicate and fussy, but with guidance from the Australian National Orchid Society, they were able to propagate and plant the tubers,” Cr Marshall said.

“As they are so delicate, the location of the orchids will remain undisclosed for their protection, which will give them a chance to germinate.”

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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:30 AM