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Gastrolobium - The 1080 Plants

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While I have been traveling these past 2 years due to work, I have decided I want to grow something different. A lot of people don't want to know about these plants, particularly due to stock losses in the past/present and it's use for animal baiting/pest control.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastrolobium

 

The genus Oxylobium was combined with Gastrolobiums and some renamed. These plants contain Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080). I believe there are 112 species and most are native to WA except about 3 which range from SA/NT to QLD? It's hard finding information, it's really an area that isn't really well published, but hopefully that will change in the future.

 

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/sites/gateway/files/1080 characteristics of use PDF.pdf

 

I have 1 species growing (G. spinosum - prickly poison) and I have seed on the way for a few more species.

 

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/3924

 

Are there any WA folk here who also enjoy growing this Genus of plants or anyone interstate who might want some seed?

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For completeness of information that Dept. Of Ag document doesn't mention that Tasmania used 1080 exclusively for the poisoning of native wildlife for many years to protect now basically useless tree plantations.

 

I have witnesses thousands of animals killed in one night after a bait lay of 1080 poisoned carrots....many times. I have also witnessed secondary poisoning of folks dogs after eating uncollected carcasses, and that shit is not pretty.

 

Thankfully cause some of us fight that shit you won't have to see that any more....It was a long fight... But yeah was used to wage war, verging on a genocide on native wildlife down here.

 

Edit- nothing against the plants that developed a unique anti-browsing compound. I am against broad scale insidious use of the compound.

 

 

 

 

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Who would wanna browse on that anyway?

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Gastrolobium grandiflorum - native to WA, NT. Beautiful red flowers.

 

http://www.northqueenslandplants.com/Australian Plant Families A-F/Fabaceae/Gastrolobium/Gastrolobium grandiflorum.html

 

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/70903/IPA-Heart-Leaf-Poison-Bush-PP51.pdf

 

Edit: The above link is from a page claiming it's a weed. My mistake - removed QLD

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