Assist horticultural staff in the conservation of Western Australian terrestrial orchids and carnivorous plants, and the maintenance of the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority living ex situ orchid collection.
This Group has recently been undertaking the large task of repotting the living ex situ orchid collection. This task is completed every four to five years to refresh the soil and provide optimal conditions for both orchid and mycorrhizal partner. This occurs on rotation through the dormant summer period and is vital to maintaining Kings Parks valuable rare orchid collection. The Group has also been busy helping with the rare and threatened species conservation program. The transition of laboratory grown seedlings from tissue culture to glasshouse is an important step towards translocation. The Group has been diligently assisting in potting up delicate seedlings, easing them into life in soil and monitoring their growth and progress. Species that have made this transition to date are: Caladenia busselliana, Caladenia viridescens, Caladenia procera and Caladenia lodgeana.
The Group also works hard to ensure a steady supply and exciting variety of orchids are made available to the FOKP plant sales each Spring. Please check the plant sale list before each sale for availability.