MCMC has cracked some of the Plains Yam Daisy’s ‘lifecycle code’, expanded its Merri Creek populations and prepared the way for others to follow.
We learnt that on the Merri Creek:
• plants go dormant during late summer dry periods and regrow rapidly following fires and autumn rains;
• flowers and seed are mainly produced in autumn with a second flowering peak in early summer;
• plants are generally short lived in cultivation but appear to have an indefinite lifespan in the wild; and
• seedlings germinate rapidly following autumn rains when they are vulnerable to slugs and trampling by kangaroos but that copper tape barriers and chicken wire cages are an effective protection.
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