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Erica verticillata A story of hope through co-operation

Thought to be extinct in the wild by 1950. Now recent reports show how International cooperation, Seed Banks and Botanical Gardens can play an important role in reversing losses.
My first encounter with this amazing saga was seeing a plant reintroduced at Kenilworth Racecourse (KRCC)


Reading the City of Cape Town BIODIVERSITY REPORT 2018 I was intrigued by Box 22. “Erica verticillata – rediscovered and restored into the wild, with an unexpected twist”.

In particular the reference to the Erica collection at Belvedere Gardens in Austria caught my attention.

Hoping to find out more I read Anthony Hitchcock’s “History of the loss and rediscovery of Erica verticillatahttp://pza.sanbi.org/history-loss-and-rediscovery-erica-verticillata
Go to: “The story of the plants grown at the Belvedere Palace Garden goes back a long way” possibly 1799, and read further of how the plants survived the bombing at the end of the Second World War.
Now in 2019 we can see that some things do have a happy ending.
Some of the role players are shown here: http://pza.sanbi.org/erica-verticillata

Simply nice…thanks

Box 22 made interesting and, initially, alarming reading because setting fire to the plants seemed a tad drastic… however, it all turned out OK. Phew.
I liked the picture of the water mongoose making its way sedately through the flamingos; you certainly have cornered the market in Biodiversity.

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