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Geneva Botanic Gardens Help Save “Dinosaur Tree” From Australia

Geneva Botanic Gardens Help Save “Dinosaur Tree” From Australia

A short distance from the visitor path, a normally locked gate allows entry into the nursery of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of the City of Geneva (CJBG). In an enclosure covered by a large canvas, small potted plants line the floor. These species do not like direct exposure to the sun, so grow in the shade, in this place called an umbrarium. “They've grown a lot!” said Nicolas Freire, CJBG's head gardener, leaning over six specimens about a meter tall.

The tops of these small trees and the ends of their branches are decorated with flattened needles and show lighter shades of green, a sign that they have grown well in the past year. They were a few tens of centimeters when they arrived in 2023 after a long journey. In fact, these six young Wollemia pines (Volemia nobilis) was sent by the Sydney Botanic Gardens as part of a large-scale conservation project. National treasures, which are only few in nature, hidden in dense tropical forest.

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