Rare macadamias go on show today

THE Macadamia Conservation Trust and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council are working together to conserve and protect wild macadamia plants by permanently exhibiting all four endangered species at the Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy, today.

The well-known species, Macadamia integrifolia and Macadamia tetraphylla as well as the rare Macadamia ternifolia and Macadamia jansenii have all been planted, making it the first time all four species are displayed together in the region.

Dr Michael Powell who leads the conservation team said the macadamia industry was pleased to be working with the Sunshine Coast council to not only help rescue the Australian icon from extinction, but to also educate and seek support from the local community.

"There is a lack of public awareness of the wild macadamia species and an ever-increasing number of threats to their existence. They are highly vulnerable to risks like fire, weeds, vandalism, urban sprawl and population growth," Dr Powell said. "By planting and drawing attention to all four species we're highlighting the real risk of extinction in the future, conserving their genetics, and allowing the public to view and appreciate our beautiful indigenous flora," he said.

The Sunshine Coast has the largest known number of remaining Macadamia ternifolia, as well as wild stands of the commercialised species, Macadamia integrifolia.

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