Abstract of a paper based on work funded
at least in part by the Australian Flora Foundation
Slater, A. T. Jones, R. B. Horlock, F. Henderson, B. Faragher, J. D.
Beardsell, D. V.
Institute for Horticultural Development, Agriculture Victoria, Private
Bag 15, South Eastern Mail Centre, Victoria 3176, Australia.
Development of new wild flower crops in Victoria.
Acta Horticulturae. 1998 454: 99-104
CAB Abstract 980305258
Victoria contains between 3000 and 3500 native species in the greatest
number of native vegetation communities within any area of comparable
size in Australia. These communities contain a diversity of plants which
can be used as cut flowers, and a few of these species are currently being
developed for this purpose. Thryptomene calycina was the subject
of a selection programme to produce superior floral forms. Baeckea
behrii has a floral display which is intermediate between T.
calycina and Geraldton wax [Chamelaucium uncinatum], and
it flowers late in the season. Work on this species has selected superior
forms which have a good vase life. These forms are being assessed on commercial
properties around Australia to determine their acceptability. A number
of species of Acacia are being selected for their floral display,
time of flowering, suitability for export markets, response to pruning
and for an acceptable vase life. Postharvest procedures are being developed
to ensure the cut stems have an acceptable vase life after air transport.
Species of Victorian daisies (Ozothamnus [Helichrysum]
spp. and Chrysocephalum spp.) are being assessed for their suitability
for cultivation as cut flowers. These species all have a good vase life
and a floral display which is similar to rice flower (Ozothamnus diosmifolius
[Helichrysum diosmifolium]), except the colour range is from
cream to bright yellow and orange. Victorian species of Conospermum
have been found to have a good floral display and vase life and further
work on these is planned.