These seed notes from 2009 first appeared on the nursery’s old website (2006-2014). Apart from the hyperlinks not working – as these are a series of screen shots of our old page – I think most of the information is still valid.
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is now the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).
The Shire of Busselton is now the City of Busselton, but for practical purposes, we often use the old name. [Update 2017 – another name change: now Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)] www.dbca.wa.gov.au/
I hope republishing these notes will be an encouragement – for those even slightly interested – to start collecting seed. In my original notes, I mentioned what we call ID or Plant Identification.
Developing skills in ID are the key to successful seed collection, but the beginner should not be discouraged by what seems like an insurmountable number of species. Skills in plant identification develop gradually, one species at a time. Knowing even one plant species is a wonderful thing, and this can lead to knowing more species.
The first thing we should know is that every catalogued plant species in Western Australia is recorded in a remarkable online database called FloraBase. Bookmark this page as you will use it often. It does not always have very useful photographs for ID purposes, but it is still extremely useful.