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Rare Playford plant find

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Rare Playford plant find
Published 6 July 2018
A patch of Cullen Australasicum was recently found near the banks of Adam’s Creek in Craigmore.

A patch of Cullen Australasicum was recently found near the banks of Adam’s Creek in Craigmore. Why care, you ask? Cue citizen science nerd alert.

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The discovery of the Small Scurf Pea is rare for the Adelaide Mt Lofty Region and was an interesting find for the City of Playford’s biodiversity officers, who have now confirmed the population of eight plants, following an initial report last year.

Cullen australasicum, or the Native Scurf Pea, is a multi-branched shrub with pretty pink to violet pea flowers. It’s available to purchase at native plant nurseries for home gardens and is favoured by bees.

“You, too, can feel excited in finding rare plants, or just learn about some of the more common ones by downloading www.inaturalist.org app and joining the ‘Playford Biodiversity Mapping’ project ,” enthused Renae Williams, Environment Officer.

“Then you can snap photos and upload observations for identification by other nature lovers. We’ll use your info to understand where our best biodiversity areas are and make sure they are looked after into the future – so thanks.”

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