This is the 27th Hakea I have posted here and although still a few to go, I am beginning to reach the end. The Esperance region is especially rich in this genus where they have colonised most habitats, although Hakea meisneriana only just makes it into my search area, being around 140 km (90 miles) NW of Esperance in the Lake Tay region, but is more common to the northwest.
Aboriginals had many uses for this plant and dried foliage was commonly carried with them for medical and/or ceremonial occasions. Medically it was used as an antiseptic and to alleviate pain and fever; the foliage contains verbascoside, which is antibacterial, an antioxidant and has analgesic effects. It also.....
While the plantings are unfamiliar, native creatures seem to feel right at home - especially the hundreds of hummingbirds, who zing recklessly through the shrubbery and fill the air with a shrilling, squeaking chatter.
This small mallee eucalypt is very similar to Eucalyptus eremophila subsp. eremophila (see here), and was once lumped in with that species as I also did, until I had reason to view my complete collection of specimens. It then became apparent that I had two species, one with much smaller buds and fruits (difficult to appreciate from photographs), which turned out to be Eucalyptus depauperata.
The ‘Native Plant Guide App’ for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch has had an update and is available from the industry respected book and desktop application The Australian Native Plant Guide by Dr Peter Yau and Tim Langdon.
Why is it that after one billion years of evolution trees still do not grow above the 3,000 metre level? It seems weird that they haven't adapted to lower temperatures or less oxygen — or whatever — after so many generations?
In a former sand quarry, a new botanic garden has been completed, one that allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe.