Spring has sprung. This time of year is peak wildflower season in the area around Perth, and the display is a major tourism draw card. People flock to places like Lesueur National Park and the Eneabba…
Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: Ecology and History of the River Red Gum by Matthew Colloff explores the cultural importance of one of Australia’s most iconic trees, the river red gum. Central to the book is an exploration of our cultural, scientific and spiritual connections with Eucalyptus camaldulensis. Author Matthew Colloff talks to ECOS writer, Beth Askham.
The most interesting thing about this wattle is not the flowers, although they are far from being unattractive, but the foliage which is very eye-catching with its sweeping lines closely resembling a plunging dolphin.
Andrew Robinson, a bushland officer with the Ku-ring-gai Council, was on his first visit to a nature reserve back in 2006 when his eyes fixed on a “straggly little thing” less than a metre from the track.
Eucalyptus oil is an Australian household staple – chances are you have some in the cupboard at home. It was the first indigenous product to be exported overseas in the early years of European settlement, and has since been used for a wide variety of areas from fragrances to pharmaceuticals to industry.
As food security becomes an increasing challenge into the future, experts believe indigenous foods may hold the key to feeding hungry nations. Australia's acacias, commonly known as wattles, are leading the charge.
'What grows here?' will help individuals, passionate gardeners, community groups and businesses find out what plants will best suit their space and needs.
The app contains both botanical and commonly known names, and includes details of flower colours, blooming seasons, preferred soil ph, and most suitable locations for habitation. A linked Learning Hub will offer an additional layer of information and resources to support teachers and learners as well as facilitate citizen scientist and custodianship of plants.
Volunteers, staff at Parks Victoria and researchers from Latrobe University are part of a long haul fight to figure out what is killing one of Wilsons Promontory's most iconic plants, the coastal banksia.