4 Elements Consulting has undertaken a propagation trial of the Purple-flowered Wattle. This species has had very limited success in previous propagation efforts although the team, led by Ryan Hughes, at 4 Elements Consulting have managed to propagate an individual under controlled nursery conditions over the last 6 months.
2 Weeks After Propogation
6 Months After Propogation
Remnant Plant (Seed Source)
This species is particularly unique in being the only Australian wattle to have purple flowers. It is a prostrate shrub to 0.5m height restricted to rocky slopes and rock outcrops often associated with a sparse ground layer of Cleistochloa subjuncea. This species is restricted to the Herberton and Irvinebank region in North East Queensland.
The successful propagation of this critically endangered species, with planned efforts to establish additional populations, will address key priority actions identified by the Department of Environment and Energy for recovery of this species. Continued results in the program will be updated as they occur.