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Rare Playford plant find

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Rare Playford plant find
Published 7 March 2017
A patch of Grey Germander was recently found on the banks of Adam’s Creek in Elizabeth Park.

A patch of Grey Germander was recently found on the banks of Adam’s Creek in Elizabeth Park. Why care, you ask? Cue nerd alert.

^^ The discovery of Grey Germander in Playford is a rare occurrence. Photo: Supplied. The discovery of Grey Germander is rare for the Adelaide Mount Lofty Region, and was an exciting find for the City of Playford’s biodiversity officer Jo Park, who was out testing equipment for Council’s biodiversity mapping project recently (it also happened to be her birthday).Jo’s dedicated to conserving local biodiversity, and has been with Playford for almost 15 years and has never seen this plant before. Woo hoo! ^^ City of Playford biodiversity officer Jo Park is seeking community support to identify local plants. Photo: Supplied Teucrium racemosum, or the Grey Germander, is a little herb plant with an unusual and delicate flower shape and obvious anthers (the long, thin strands coming out of the flower).“You, too, can feel chuffed by finding rare plants, or just learn about some of the more common ones by downloading www.inaturalist.org app and join the ‘Playford Biodiversity Mapping’ project ,” Jo said.“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.”