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Bush food: warrigal greens

Bush food: warrigal greens | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
James Cook’s crew dined on it to ward off scurvy. Now top chefs are going wild for this antioxidant-rich native spinach
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Local eucalypts resist crossbreeding with introduced species

Local eucalypts resist crossbreeding with introduced species | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Botanists recently conducted a study in Perth’s Kings Park and Bold Park to ascertain if indigenous Eucalyptus trees are under threat due to hybridisation with introduced species.

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Million-dollar research could save precious habitats

Million-dollar research could save precious habitats | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

A new discovery is challenging a theory that is almost half a century old, could explain why the south-west of WA is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, and could help to preserve exquisitely adapted plants and animals.

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Acacia Tree Project

Acacia Tree Project | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The Food Security & Climate Change (FSCC) team at World Vision Australia has initiated and supported a number of Acacia projects across Africa. The team aims to provide a holistic response to climate change with emphasis on food security, energy and natural resources.

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Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving

Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Plants in the leached soils of Western Australia have developed a special strategy for coping with the scarcity of phosphorus.
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Real life 'wall flower' victim of its own adaptation

Real life 'wall flower' victim of its own adaptation | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Tetrathecs gunnii (Shy Susan), a delicate native flower from northern Tasmania, only releases pollen when vibrated at the resonant frequency of native bees. With only 250 plants left in the wild it's on the brink of extinction.

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Australian native plants info in your pocket

Australian native plants info in your pocket | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

The ‘Native Plant Guide App’ for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch has had an update and is available from the industry respected book and desktop application The Australian Native Plant Guide by Dr Peter Yau and Tim Langdon.

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The Red Centre Garden at the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

The Red Centre Garden at the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Australia's arid landscape is on display as the Australian National Botanic Gardens add another colour of soil to their grounds
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Eucalypts reveal their veins of gold

Eucalypts reveal their veins of gold | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Money may not grow on trees but researchers have found that the next best thing does. Gold.

 

Giving gold leaf a more literal meaning, CSIRO scientists have established that eucalyptus trees draw up gold particles from deep in the soil via water absorbed by their root system. 

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Local seeds vital for effective banksia restoration

Local seeds vital for effective banksia restoration | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

BOTANISTS are analysing spatial genetic structure within keystone species, to enable better seed sourcing....

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World Architecture Festival 2013 - Landscape winner: The Australian Garden, Cranbourne

World Architecture Festival 2013 - Landscape winner: The Australian Garden, Cranbourne | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
World Architecture Festival, the annual event for architects worldwide. At the heart of the Architecture Festival, WAF, is the largest architectural awards programme in the world.
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eCite - The response of eucalypt populations to a changing environment

eCite - The response of eucalypt populations to a changing environment | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The response of eucalypt populations to a changing environment
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Why don't trees grow above a particular altitude?

Why don't trees grow above a particular altitude? | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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?

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Climate change threatens native eucalypts

Climate change threatens native eucalypts | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
Extreme weather means the future is looking grim for some species of Australian eucalyptus trees.
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Company receives official warning after truck runs over endangered orchids

Company receives official warning after truck runs over endangered orchids | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
A company has escaped with just a warning after a concrete truck ran over two rare native orchid species at a constuction site at Charmhaven.
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Native Mistletoe good for the environment

Native Mistletoe good for the environment | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Many of us know of the Christmas custom of kissing under the mistletoe, but fewer may know that Australia has its own version of the parasitic plant.

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Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’

Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’ | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

Research at the National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub has found that heat waves, droughts and floods expected under climate change will alter environmental conditions so much that many eucalypts will no longer survive in their native ranges.

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Bush food: Davidson plums

Bush food: Davidson plums | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
As part of our series celebrating native ingredients we look at the Davidson plum. Plus a recipe for Davidson plum sauce
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Esperance Wildflowers: Hakea meisneriana

Esperance Wildflowers: Hakea meisneriana | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

This is the 27th Hakea I have posted here and although still a few to go, I am beginning to reach the end. The Esperance region is especially rich in this genus where they have colonised most habitats, although Hakea meisneriana only just makes it into my search area, being around 140 km (90 miles) NW of Esperance in the Lake Tay region, but is more common to the northwest.

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New research shows alpine grazing does not reduce blazing

New research shows alpine grazing does not reduce blazing | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
The scale and impact, both economic and ecological, of recent bushfire disasters demands a rethink of fire management strategies.
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NSW bushfires: Banksia cones the latest weapon in the battle to defend homes

NSW bushfires: Banksia cones the latest weapon in the battle to defend homes | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
"If you see them in a bushfire, they go off like a bomb," said Clint Smart of an unlikely weapon that found its way into firefighters’ arsenal in the Blue Mountains on Tuesday.
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WA hotspot reveals new kangaroo paws

WA hotspot reveals new kangaroo paws | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

TWO new species of kangaroo paw have been discovered in WA’s biodiversity hotspot – the south-west of Australia,

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High-tech storage to preserve plant life

Australia's endangered plant species have been thrown a lifeline with the opening of the world's largest plant bank on Sydney's outskirts.
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Esperance Wildflowers: Eremophila alternifolia – Broad-leaf Form

Esperance Wildflowers: Eremophila alternifolia – Broad-leaf Form | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it

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.....

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Eucalypt expert shares SA species knowledge

Eucalypt expert shares SA species knowledge | Australian Plants on the Web | Scoop.it
South Australia is home to 103 different types of eucalypts, and arborist Dean Nicolle has met them all.
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