“Ecosourcing is using native plants grown from locally sourced seed. Ecosourced plants help to preserve the ecological distinctiveness of an area, and eco-sourced plants are better able to survive in the local conditions.” ~ The Native Plant Centre http://www.nznativeplants.co.nz/Articles/Ecosourcing.html
The Native Plant Centre offers the following
Reasons for Ecosourcing
The reasons why ecosourcing should be practiced when planting native plants, especially native plant revegetation and restoration planting are:
To maintain genetic diversity
Genetic diversity refers to the variability in the genetic makeup among individuals within a population. Protecting the genetic makeup of local plant populations is especially important for species such as manuka, kanuka, and kowhai that show significant regional variation throughout New Zealand.
To preserve, restore or maintain species diversity
Species diversity refers to the variety of species within a particular geographical area.
To increase plant survival
Plants of one particular species sourced from different ecological regions or localities can have distinctively different environmental tolerances. Plants grown from locally sourced seed are accustomed to the local environment therefore are more likely to survive.
By using ecosourced plants we are contributing to the biodiversity and sustainability of our local wild plant communities.”