A formerly extinct native legume is making a comeback thanks to collaborative re-introduction works between government agencies, conservation groups and private landholders across north-east Victoria.
The mountain Swainson-pea (Swainsona recta) was once historically abundant but declined significantly post-European settlement and was last known to occur in Victoria in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, south-east of Rutherglen, up until 2012.
The wild pea is a threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act and endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
‘‘This is the fourth (year) of the five-year program that has resulted in Swainsona recta populations being established on 10 secure public and private land sites within the north-east catchment,’’ DELWP’s senior biodiversity officer Glen Johnson said.
Before this re-introduction project, Swainsona recta was considered extinct in the wild in Victoria, with surviving populations in NSW and the ACT.
‘‘This year around 600 seedlings, propagated and raised by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, will be planted with more than 1000 seedlings planted overall to date,’’ Mr Johnson said.