Large Pink (Dianthus superbus L.) - ex-situ conservation and in-situ re-establishment.
Project period: 2009 - 2012
Keywords: Ex-situ, in-situ, nature conservation
Large Pink (Dianthus superbus) belongs to the group of species in danger of extinction in Hesse and Germany. It is especially rare in the flood-meadows along the northern Upper Rhine where it is confined to only few remnant populations of one or two individuals. Despite regular flowering and seed set there seems to occur no successful regeneration of the species. Thus, without a proper conservation concept this species will be most likely lost in the nearest future.
Therefore we aim i) at establishing an ex-situ population at the Botanical Garden of Gießen and ii) at the breeding of plant individuals that subsequently are re-planted at remnant sites of Dianthus superbus.
Botanische Vereinigung für Naturschutz in Hessen (BVNH)
Prof. Dr. Wissemann (Systematic botany group & scientific director of the Botanical Garden Gießen)
Regional council Darmstadt
Funding: currently unfinanced