The Geneva Botanical Garden is helping to save the “dinosaur tree” from Australia

The Geneva Botanical Garden is helping to save the “dinosaur tree” from Australia
The Geneva Botanical Garden is helping to save the “dinosaur tree” from Australia

Published on May 19, 2024 at 10:21. / Modified on May 19, 2024 at 10:21.

A little away from the passage of visitors, a gate normally padlocked allows entry into the nursery of the Conservatory and botanical garden of the city of Geneva (CJBG). In an enclosure covered with a large stretched canvas, small potted trees are lined up on the ground. These species do not like direct exposure to the sun and therefore grow in the shade, in this place called an umbrarium. “They have grown a lot!” exclaims Nicolas Freyre, head gardener of the CJBG, leaning over six specimens approximately one meter high.

The tops of these small trees and the ends of their branches, decorated with flat needles, show lighter shades of green, a sign that they have grown well over the past year. They were a few tens of centimeters when they arrived in 2023 after having made a long journey. Indeed, these six young Wollemia pines (Wollemia nobilis) were sent by the Sydney Botanic Gardens as part of a large-scale conservation project. National treasures, they only exist in reduced numbers in nature, hidden in a thick tropical forest.

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