Ginkgo biloba leaves turning yellow in Autumn
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Ginkgo biloba

January 10, 2018 Simon 0

Genus: Ginkgo.   species: biloba. Family: GINKGOACEAE. Interestingly the Ginkgo tree is the only living tree in this family surviving since the Mesozoic period (252-66 million years ago) the age when Conifer’s and Cycad’s dominated the earth. […]

Tsugizakura Oji Kumano Kodo
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Kumano Kodo (Days 3 & 4).

December 27, 2017 Simon 0

Day 3: We had an awesome home cooked breakfast, packed our gear, grabbed our lunchbox and said goodbye to Kenji and Shizuka and our accommodation at ‘Irorian Minshuku’. Today’s weather was crisp and with the […]

Cinnamomum camphora. 1000 year old Camphor tree next to Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Kumamoto
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Cinnamomum camphora

December 12, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cinnamomum.   species: camphora. Family: LAURACEAE. Common Name: Camphor tree, Camphor laurel and Camphorwood. Etymology: Cinnamomum: from the Greek word kinnamomon meaning spice.    Origin: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Introduced to Australia in 1822 where it has […]

Kumano Kodo
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Kumano Kodo (Day 1 & 2) .

November 28, 2017 Simon 0

  Forward The Kumano Kodo trail is similar too, but also quite different to any trails I have walked in Australia. It is similar, in the sense you are walking through countryside and forests with […]

Cupaniopsis anacardioides. Tuckaroo.
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Cupaniopsis anacardioides

November 13, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cupaniopsis.   species: anacardioides. Family: SAPINDACEAE. Common Name: Tuckeroo (named by Aboriginals), carrotwood, beach tamarind, Green-leaved tamarind. Etymology: Cupaniopsis: From Latin Cupania, referring to the close relationship of these Australian and New Caledonian species to Cupania. anacardioides: Resembling Anacardium. Origin: Mid New South […]

Tropical Fruit World Giant Avocado.
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Tropical Fruit World

October 21, 2017 Simon 2

‘Tropical Fruit World’ is located in Duranbah, NSW and only a short distance from the Gold Coast. It is close to the heart of Mt Warning (an ancient volcano) so is blessed with some of […]

Acacia dealbata Silver wattle, blue wattle, mimosa
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Acacia dealbata

October 3, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Acacia.   species: dealbata. Family: FABACEAE. Common Name: Silver Wattle, Blue wattle, Mimosa. Etymology: Acacia: From the Greek word ‘akakia’ meaning thorny Egyptian tree. dealbata: Whitened. Origin: Native to New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Naturalized in Adelaide, parts […]

Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)

Chili pepper

September 19, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Capsicum. Species: annuum, chinense, frutescens, baccatum and pubescens (these are the domesticated varieties).  Family: SOLANACEAE. Common Name: Chili pepper, chile pepper, chilli pepper or chilli. Etymology: Capsicum: From the latin word ‘capsa’ meaning small box (capsule). annuum: Annual, chinense: from China, frutescens: From Latin word frutescō meaning “I send […]

Elaeocarpus angustifolius (grandis). Blue quandong
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Elaeocarpus angustifolius.

September 5, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Elaeocarpus. species: angustifolius. Junior Synonym: Elaeocarpus grandis. From a later description of the species by Ferdinand von Mueller. Family: ELAEOCARPACEAE. Common Name: Blue quandong, Blue fig (although not closely related to a fig) or Blue Marble […]

Woody Head Campground Beach
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Woody Head Campground

August 23, 2017 Simon 0

I used to do kitchen work for Bunnings which involved visiting peoples homes and measuring and quoting a kitchen design on site. Generally most of these jobs were within a 100km of my home on […]

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