Ice age extinction shaped Australian plant diversity
Researchers have shown that part of Australia's rich plant diversity was wiped out by the ice ages, demonstrating that extinction, probably more than evolution, influences biodiversity.
How to grow Australian native flowers
The most commonly loved Australian native flowers include waratahs, banksias and gum blossoms, kangaroo paws and Christmas bush. Here, Horticulturalist Meredith Kirton reveals how to grow Australian natives in your own backyard.
Species Spotlight: Quercus austrocochinchinensis Hickel & A. Camus
Propagation and reintroduction of an endangered oak: Quercus austrocochinchinensis. An article by Qian-sheng Li and Min Deng, orginally published in Oak News & Notes, Vol. 18. No. 1
Flannel Flowers: A Symbol of Purity
Did you know Flannel Flowers, a popular Australian native wildflower, has became sought after as a symbol of purity in many festival and religious ceremonies? These dainty flowers have a daisy-like appearance with a raised textured center. Each bloom has 10 or more floppy petals that are soft and feel just like 'flannel'. Some varieties of flannel flowers have petals with light grey-green tips, but for the most part, the flowers are white. The leaves are silver-grey and velvety in texture as…
Eucalyptus tetraptera - Four-winged Mallee
The left flower has JUST shed its large brown pyamidal bud cap, revealing stamens still unfurled. The right-hand flower is a bit older, giving the stamens time to catch up with the stigma in the center of the "pink donut". This plant really never makes a tree, mostly just a messy straggle of branches in a big pile - with these stunning flowers. Cal Poly Campus, San Luis Obispo, CA 8Sept14 BushPhoto Myrtaceae
Filled with nectar, banksia play a critical role in our ecosystem as they are an important source of food to birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and multitudes of invertebrates.
Christmas is children who just can't go to sleep Christmas is memories, the kind you always keep Deck the halls and give a cheer For all the things that Christmas is each year Christmas is carols to warm you in the snow Christmas is bedtime when no one wants to go All the world is tinsel white So glad to know that Christmas is tonight Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
charming flowers of mallee (small eucalypt tree)... Flowers are very conspicuous and are initially white or cream-coloured but age to deep pink with the stamens being united into a tube for the lower portion of the flowers. On the top of the photo - developing fruit after stamens fall. It is cultivated in Kings Park, Perth. Common Name: Jingymia mallee Rare and threatened in the wild and uncommon in cultivation. Only several small populations known, on sandy and gravelly soils of inland…