Podolepis jaceoides flowering at St. Lukes Cemetery, Bothwell. Cemeteries like St. Lukes are an important refuge for many grassland species that once dominated the Tasmanian Midlands landscape. This fragment of native grassland is home to a number of threatened plant species.

Remnant Grassy Treasures

Collecting Leptorhynchos

RTBG Tasmanian Seedbank coordinator James Wood collecting Leptorhynchos elongatus at St. Lukes Cemetery, Bothwell.

Remaining areas of lowland native grassland represent a fraction of a vegetation type that was once far more widespread throughout Tasmania. They are rich and diverse habitats supporting a myriad of native plant species, many of which are listed as rare and threatened.

Collaborating for Conservation

The RTBG has worked with the Municipality of the Central Highlands Council to help conserve a fragment of native Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) grassland at St. Lukes Cemetery in the midlands township of Bothwell. A number of rare and threatened plant species are found at this site including the endangered daisy Leptorhynchos elongatus (Lanky Buttons) which is found in just three other locations in the state. Funding acquired through the Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot Project has enabled council to recruit the services of the Gardens to assist with the management of this precious natural resource and its important conservation values.