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Do Australia's giant fire-dependent trees belong in the rainforest?

Do Australia's giant fire-dependent trees belong in the rainforest? | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Australia's giant eucalyptus trees are the tallest flowering plants on earth, yet their unique relationship with fire makes them a huge puzzle for ecologists.
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Illegal sandalwood trade growing in WA

Illegal sandalwood trade growing in WA | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Weeds for aid: Australian wattles embroiled in dangerous overseas aid

Weeds for aid: Australian wattles embroiled in dangerous overseas aid | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.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.

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Eucalyptus grossa - Coarse-leaved Mallee

Eucalyptus grossa - Coarse-leaved Mallee | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Conservationists slam logging of 600-year-old trees

Conservationists slam logging of 600-year-old trees | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A conservation group is calling on the State Government to change the criteria for classifying old growth forest after it found karri trees up to 600 years old are being wood-chipped.
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Napoleon Gave Josephine Kangaroos

....(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.

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State emblem under threat from national park wildflower poachers

State emblem under threat from national park wildflower poachers | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

 

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Angus's Plants for Aussie Birds - Grevillea speciosa

Angus Stewart is a highly credentialled gardening and horticulture expert. He presents on ABC1's Gardening Australia and has previously presented on ABC radi...
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Michelle Williams's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:31 AM

Should grow in the poor soils and dry climate in Coalfalls.

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Fight to Save 100-year-old Eucalyptus in Santa Monica

Fight to Save 100-year-old Eucalyptus in Santa Monica | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) -- A family in Santa Monica is fighting to save a eucalyptus tree that is almost 100 years old.
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'New England Banksia' a distinct species - Banksia neoanglica

'New England Banksia' a distinct species - Banksia neoanglica | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Epacris impressa – a history

Epacris impressa – a history | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Outback botanic garden blooms

Outback botanic garden blooms | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.
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New life for classic building - Café serves bush tucker

New life for classic building - Café serves bush tucker | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The former home of the groundskeeper for the University of Sydney has been turned into a cafe...where aboriginal people are serving up bush tucker.
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Climate change, fire may wipe out Australia's giant gum trees

Climate change, fire may wipe out Australia's giant gum trees | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

As Australia gears up for another risky bushfire season this summer, some of its most iconic and valuable forests are at risk.

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Drosera scorpioides - Shaggy Sundew

Drosera scorpioides - Shaggy Sundew | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Bush Food Gathers Momentum as a Social Enterprise

Bush Food Gathers Momentum as a Social Enterprise | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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From Botany Bay to Breathing planet: reflections on plant diversity and global sustainability

From Botany Bay to Breathing planet: reflections on plant diversity and global sustainability | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Plant diversity is the answer to food security and global sustainable livelihoods. 2012 Menzies Memorial lecture by Professor Stephen Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

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Banksia Seeds recovered from Boussole

Banksia Seeds recovered from Boussole | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
“Banksia seeds collected by the Lapérouse Expedition “ By Henri Colombié In Nos.
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A tree of many faces

A tree of many faces | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Australia's biggest eucalypt collection

Australia's biggest eucalypt collection | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A passion since childhood has grown to produce the world's largest arboretum of eucalypts.
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Queensland's native "Aussie Giant" orchids

Queensland's native "Aussie Giant" orchids | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
University of Queensland start-up company Aussie Colours has come to the rescue of two rare and endangered Australian native Phaius orchids.
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Yellow treat puts spring in your step

Yellow treat puts spring in your step | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
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.

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Wattle gets blamed a lot

Wattle gets blamed a lot | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.

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Creating a native courtyard garden

Creating a native courtyard garden | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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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Michelle Williams's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:50 AM

Great ideas for small areas and some heavily flowering suggestions