An illegal trade of Australian sandalwood is flourishing in Western Australia. It is a trade that supplies hungry Asian markets that cannot get enough of the spicy, sweet-smelling timber and are prepared to pay $15,000 a tonne for it.
Aid and development agencies are courting disaster in Africa by promoting Australian wattles, warns Invasive Species Council biologist Tim Low, whose paper reviewing the problem was published this week in Biological Invasions.
Although this ornamental and interesting small mallee is recorded growing to 5 metres (16’) in height, it is mostly around half this size and would be a relatively slow growing species. Eucalyptus grossa has an open growth habit and looks more like an odd exotic shrub with large and very thick glossy leaves, made even more strange by its upside down yellow/green flowers that cater for both honeyeating birds and insects.
....(Josephine) had over 200 species of Australian flora growing. She was cultivating all thirteen known varieties of Eucalypts, she grew Mimosa of course, she had the banksia - these are all published in her very famous book Jardin De La Malmaison.
It is not a re-enactment of a scene from Alice in Wonderland. The inspiration behind marking waratahs with paint in some of Sydney's national parks is far from creative; it's to stop people pinching them.
The New England Banksia is largely restricted to the eastern edge of the New England Tableland, and is common in places along Waterfall Way. Margaret Stimpson established the species rank of the New England Banksia by detailed studies of its leaves, flowers, stem and fruit, and considerations of its ecology and distribution.
The year 1958 is remembered for many significant events and milestones. Elvis joined the army. De Gaulle, bearing a more than passing resemblance to Peter Sellers, became presidential founder of the Fifth Republic of France. A child prodigy, Bobby Fischer, became the US world chess champion. In the antipodes the state of Victoria, by way of official parliamentary decree and with the blessing of one Henry Bolte, Premier, the pink form of the common heath (Epacris impressa), was adopted as the official emblem of the state.
Flourishing botanic gardens are not commonly associated with outback South Australia. However, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden near Port Augusta is proving that swathes of saltbush are not all that grows in this dry region.
There are a number of perennial pygmy sundews, with the above being especially common in coastal and near coastal areas from Albany to east of Esperance and SE of Perth. It is very much a colonising species, quickly developing into large compact colonies in cleared non-calcareous sandy soils.
With the catchy name of Murri Munchies Ltd, an alliance of community groups lead by the Murri people, from the remote and regional Indigenous communities of the Wide Bay/Burnett region of Queensland, has created a micro social and economic enterprise focussing on bush foods.
In the grounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a prominently-positioned brittle gum (Eucalyptus mannifera) named after the Canberra forest scientist, botanist and landscape architect who was instrumental in securing initial funding for the gardens and planted many of its initial plants.
LIKE all love affairs, Australia's romance with wattle has had its up and downs.
According to a social history by Maria Hitchcock being launched today to mark the 102nd anniversary of the first celebration of Wattle Day, the love affair began in 1838 when colonists in old Hobart Town wore silver wattle to a ceremony to commemorate Tasman's ''discovery'' of Van Diemens Land.
Wattle Day, September 1 (next Saturday), is almost upon us and Canberra's bush, parklands and even the gardens of those Canberra gardeners discerning enough to grow their own continent's flora are ablaze with hues of gold, yellow and custard.
An exciting thing has happened in the world of Australian plants over the last twenty years. In response to shrinking gardens, plant breeders such as Angus Stewart have been working hard to create dwarf varieties of many popular types of native plants from kangaroo paws to banksias and bottlebrush.
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