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Eucalyptus: California Icon, Fire Hazard and Invasive Species

Eucalyptus: California Icon, Fire Hazard and Invasive Species | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
After more than 150 years on the California landscape, eucalyptus trees have iconic status for some Californians.
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Family preserves eucalyptus distillery

Family preserves eucalyptus distillery | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
 There's a perfumed, warm breeze coming towards me - a deep breath and my head clears.
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Flora responds to changing climate in SW Western Australia

Flora responds to changing climate in SW Western Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Flora in WA’s south west is responding to a changing climate.
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Restoration of Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) during prescribed burning in southwestern Australia

Restoration of Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) during prescribed burning in southwestern Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Regeneration of Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala), in many parts of its fragmented distribution in Western Australia, is nominal. Previous work has shown it has specific regeneration niche requirements, recruiting in ashbeds within canopy gaps. We conducted a field trial to determine whether regeneration could be facilitated by creating coarse woody debris (CWD) piles that would become ashbeds during a low-intensity, prescribed burn.

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Bush tucker - the healthy choice

Bush tucker - the healthy choice | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
27 communities across WA have put their skills and knowledge together to create a bush tucker cook book.
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Great balls of fire

Great balls of fire | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
It's been fire season again down here in Australia, with all that that entails. But the threat to life and property is not the only aspect of bushfires, and it's interesting to see how the Australi...
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Rosser's Banksia devotion

Rosser's Banksia devotion | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The discovery of the Banksia turned Celia toward the vocation for which she is now famous: her highly detailed, three-volume The Banksias series of paintings for Monash University, some of which will be on display at her Fish Creek Gallery, in South Gippsland, from Friday 1 March.

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Unique weeping hakea to help launch UWA Centenary

Unique weeping hakea to help launch UWA Centenary | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

A unique weeping hakea discovered growing five years ago near Margaret River has been chosen by UWA Friends of the Grounds to help celebrate The University of Western Australia's 2013 Centenary Year.

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Esperance Wildflowers: Eucalyptus platypus subsp. congregata

Esperance Wildflowers: Eucalyptus platypus subsp. congregata | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

This handsome small tree growing to 8 metres (26’) can occur as an individual or more often in congested colonies (as the subspecies name of congregata suggests). It is described as a Marlock, which is a unique WA tree classification denoting that the eucalypt is without a lignotuber, has a slender trunk with dense foliage along its spreading branches.

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Esperance Wildflowers: Eucalyptus eremophila subsp. eremophila - Sand Mallee

Esperance Wildflowers: Eucalyptus eremophila subsp. eremophila - Sand Mallee | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Eucalyptus eremophila is a highly ornamental eucalypt with large clusters of cream/yellow, or occasionally pink and even bright red flowers, the latter two much rarer and even in districts where reasonably common are scattered widely and number less than one in a thousand trees.

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Bush food fighters

Bush food fighters | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Cashing in their superannuation in 2001, Mike, a commercial horticulturalist, and his wife, Gayle, travelled the lonesome roads deep into the outback to find the frontier of native bush foods.

More than a decade later, indigenous communities are given plants from Reedy Creek Nursery to tend on small plots. The harvests are then bought by the Quarmbys and made into sauces, cordials and herb mixtures under the Outback Pride label. In order for Indigenous people to have free and exclusive use of the Reedy Creek Nursery varieties, the plants are protected by DNA fingerprinting, ensuring they won’t be patented by non-Indigenous growers.

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Aboriginal medicine ‘kinos’ show promising antibacterial characteristics

Aboriginal medicine ‘kinos’ show promising antibacterial characteristics | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
EUCALYPTUS kinos should be investigated for their medicinal use due to their high antibacterial acti...
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'Retired' scientists unmask bush graffiti artist

'Retired' scientists unmask bush graffiti artist | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
In a remarkable piece of detective work, a team of 'retired' CSIRO scientists have revealed the group of artists responsible for the iconic scribbles found on smooth-barked Eucalyptus trees in southeastern Australia.
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UQ Churchill Fellow to trace macadamia's millions

UQ Churchill Fellow to trace macadamia's millions | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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Designer eucalypts for urban landscapes

Designer eucalypts for urban landscapes | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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Laser beam uncovers giants of the forest

Laser beam uncovers giants of the forest | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Forestry Tasmania has discovered another 17 hardwood eucalyptus trees in the state's southern forests, with some of the giants believed to be up to 500 years old.
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The Australian Garden, Cranbourne

The Australian Garden, Cranbourne | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Bush food may halt ageing process

One of the north coast’s rare bush foods, the Davidson’s plum, is a popular ingredient in gourmet jam, wine, ice-cream and sauces.

It has been a staple of the indigenous diet in the rainforests of Queensland and northern NSW for thousands of years.

Now Southern Cross University researchers are investigating its health benefits and they are looking for volunteers to help test its potential anti-ageing properties.

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Eucalypt reveals smelly secret

Eucalypt reveals smelly secret | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Biologists have uncovered a yellowbox eucalyptus tree that is able to change the smell of its leaves from one side of the tree to the other to protect itself against predation.
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Sweet start to the Leatherwood honey season

Sweet start to the Leatherwood honey season | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The Tarkine. It's the vast expanse of forest in the state's north west that hosts tasmanian devils and magnesite mines alike.

 

At this time of year though, it has other visitors - about 1.6 billion of them.

 

This week President of the Tasmanian Bee Keepers Association Lyndsay Bourke, his trusty helper Andy and a truck load of bees made their way into the depths of the Tarkine in search of leatherwood blossoms.

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Heritage listing for Tasmanian forests

The Gillard government is to pursue a World Heritage nomination for 170,000 hectares of contested Tasmanian native forest, in the face of blanket opposition from the Coalition.
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Prostanthera lasianthos – Victorian Christmas Bush

Prostanthera lasianthos – Victorian Christmas Bush | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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Apart from being seasonally appropriate, this is a great plant for a number of reasons. It is an attractive and useful landscape shrub which is indigenous to the Melbourne region and has an interesting connection with for local Wurrundjeri people.

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Esperance Wildflowers: Adenanthos sericeus subsp. sphalma - Woollybush

Esperance Wildflowers: Adenanthos sericeus subsp. sphalma - Woollybush | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Due to its soft silky foliage and orange/red flowers, Adenanthos sericeus is highly regarded and commonly grown as a garden ornamental. It has proved to be hardy in a variety of well-drained soils, plus will tolerate strong salt-laden winds.

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Orchids of Australia

Orchids of Australia | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Stunning, mysterious and diverse, Australia's 1700 orchids are the jewels of our flowering plants.
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Australian Plants now Outnumbered!

Australian Plants now Outnumbered! | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Botanists have done the count and say there are now more foreign plants in Australia than our native species.

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