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Corackerup moort population grows

Posted by: Keith Bradby

Published: 30/04/2005

Stunning red flowers of the Corackerup Moort. Photo Jiri Lochman

On Nowanup, around 50 hectares has been direct seeded so far this planting season, as part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project. The seed mix was predominantly moort (Eucalyptus platypus subsp. platypus) and Corackerup moort (E. vesiculosa). The use of the rare Corackerup moort in revegetation is a first. This beautiful small tree with pendulous brick-red flowers was only noticed in the mid-1990s and described in 2002. It is extremely localised in its natural distribution, known only from the Corackerup area. Nowanup already has some of the remaining populations, and once this planting grows will soon have the world’s largest known populations.

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