Protecting native olives

Supported by QUT and the Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund we’re examining conservation biology of threatened native olives (genus Notelaea) in southern Queensland.

Australian native olives, genus Notelaea (family Oleaceae), are endemic to Australia and consist of 12 species, of which two (N. ipsviciensis and N. lloydii) are currently listed as threatened in Queensland. With the intention of improving the knowledge and understanding of the conservation biology of these rare species, this project investigates the systematics of the genus, as well as the conservation genetics and reproductive biology of N. lloydii, and a comparative study on life-history and ecological traits between rare and common Notelaea species.