Clover Glycine

Rare find on the hill

One of the things I love about living close to Mother Nature is that things constantly change. If I go for a walk I’m never sure what I’ll find (click HERE to view related blog). It’s just a matter of keeping our eyes open. Sometimes there will be a new bird or animal. Other times a patch of ground over which I have walked a thousand times will yield a new plant.

DSCN3556And so it was last week. On my regular stroll around the place I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before — a ground creeper with purple pea-shaped flowers atop 6-cm stalks (pictured above). The leaves looked like that of a glycine. Local enthusiasts suggested the plant to be Clover Glycine (Glycine latrobeana), ANOTHER member of the extensive Pea family discussed in a previous blog (click HERE to view). We had already identified two other species of glycine on the property including Twining Glycine (Glycine clandestina), which is also flowering at the moment. The difference is G. latrobeana is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Threatened under Victoria’s Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. According to the Victoria Biodiversity Atlas, ours is the first recorded sighting of this plant in the Murrindindi Shire and one of only ten sightings in the Goulburn–Broken Catchment. The plant even has a National Recovery Plan (click HERE to view) which includes conservation methods, recovery actions and biodiversity benefits. As a precaution we have placed a cage around it to prevent it from becoming something’s lunch. (From the rabbits, not the local vegans.)

We are now awaiting positive identification from the experts, but have already had requests for some of the seed. In anticipation of a positive ID I have already ordered the razor wire and surveillance cameras and have started digging the machine-gun emplacements. The responsibility is weighing heavily.