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.
A scientist from UQ's Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) has set out to re-trace the steps of a 19th century naval captain who kick-started the international macadamia industry.
University of Adelaide researchers are working with the Australian nursery industry to produce 'designer eucalypts' more suitable for our home gardens and urban landscapes than many trees currently available.
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.
On a small property near Inglewood is a little shrub called Homoranthus Vagans. To the untrained eye, it's just another bush plant, but what this little groundcover lacks in 'sex appeal', it makes up in uniqueness.