Livistona australis Cabbage tree palm
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Livistona australis

December 30, 2015 Simon 0

Genus: Livistona. species: australis. Family: ARECACEAE. Common Name:  Cabbage Palm, Fan Palm. Etymology: Livistona named by Robert Brown after Patrick Murray (Baron of Livingston) who’s garden formed the nucleus of the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh.  australis (southern). Origin: Eastern […]

Great Ocean Walk Day 4
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Great Ocean Walk (Victoria) Day 4

December 28, 2015 Simon 0

I began today slightly dehydrated from one too many drinks in the spa the night before. Jase was probably the same but didn’t want to admit it. The kitchen was set up with all the […]

Eucalyptus viminalis with Koala
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Eucalyptus viminalis

December 23, 2015 Simon 0

Genus: Eucalyptus.  species: viminalis. Family: MYRTACEAE. Common Name: Manna Gum, White Gum, Ribbon Gum. Origin: South Australia, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and southern Queensland tablelands. Etymology: Eucalyptus: Named in 1788 by French botanist Charles Louis L’héritier de Brutelle from Greek eu ‘well’ and kalyptos ‘covered’ […]

Cape Otway ship wreck
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Great Ocean Walk (Victoria) Day 3

December 21, 2015 Simon 0

Today we were to say goodbye to  Bimbi Park which was a little sad as we were becoming quite comfortable there. We were to be thrown back into the great unknown as to our evenings accommodation, […]

Delonix regia
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Delonix regia

December 17, 2015 Simon 0

Genus: Delonix. species: regia. Family: FABACEAE, Sub Family: CAESALPINIACEAE. Common Name: Poinciana, Flame Tree, Flamboyant. Etymology: (Delos) – Conspicuous, (onox) – referring to claw-like petals. Origin: Dry deciduous forests of Western Madagascar (endangered species in […]

Great Ocean Walk Day 2
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Great Ocean Walk (Victoria) Day 2

December 14, 2015 Simon 0

By the time we got up and headed to the kitchen area for breaky, Frank was already hard at work preparing bacon and eggs, porridge or whatever took your fancy. On top of breakfast he […]

Brachychiton acerifolius
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Brachychiton acerifolius

December 10, 2015 Simon 0

Genus: Brachychiton Species: acerifolius Family: MALVACEAE Etymology: Greek ‘brachys’ means short and ‘chiton’ means a coat or tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed. acerifolius: refers to likeness to the genus Acer – the maple. Common […]

Apollo Bay Victoria
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Great Ocean Walk (Victoria) Day 1

December 9, 2015 Simon 0

The Great Ocean Walk is a trip that my brother Jason (pictured top right of photo) had mentioned to me (top left) probably 3 years ago. I had agreed at the time that it would […]

Banksia robur
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Banksia robur

December 1, 2015 Simon 0

Genus: Banksia. Species: robur. Family: PROTEACEAE. Etymology: Genus name commemorating ‘Sir Joseph Banks’. robur is Latin for strength, referring to hard wood. Common Name: Swamp Banksia. Origin: Sandy heathlands and swampy heathlands of NSW and […]