Overland Track day 1
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Overland Track (Tasmania) Day 1

March 14, 2016 Simon 0

Here we go.The big day had arrived, it was a very crisp cool morning but the forecast was for, an unusual warm, sunny day. We walked the 500m down to the bus stop and, already […]

Araucaria heterophylla Norfolk Island Pine Burleigh Heads
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Araucaria heterophylla

March 7, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Araucaria. species: heterophylla. Family: ARAUCARIACEAE.  Common Name: Norfolk Island Pine.  Etymology: Araucaria named after the Chilian province of Arauco . heterophylla (“different leaves”) derives from the variation in the leaves between young and adult plants. Origin: Endemic to […]

Overland Track sign post
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Overland Track (Tasmania) Getting there.

February 29, 2016 Simon 0

I really wanted to write a little prequel to this bushwalking addition, only because all the things leading up to the trip almost outweighed the trip itself (not really but you know what I mean). […]

Wollemia nobilis, Wollemi pine
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Woolemia nobilis

February 22, 2016 Simon 2

Genus: Woolemia.   species: nobilis.  Family: ARAUCARIACEAE. Common Name: Woolemi pine. Etymology: Woolemia: Tree was discovered in Woolemi National Park, noblis: by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger David Noble. Origin: Exclusively in a remote series of gorges […]

Cranbourne Gardens Grass Trees
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Cranbourne Gardens (Victoria)

February 15, 2016 Simon 0

  Every single time I visit Melbourne I make it a must to visit the Cranbourne Gardens. This is a place that is continuously on the grow and becoming evermore interesting each time I visit. […]

Libidibia ferrea. Leopard tree, Brazilian Ironwood.
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Libidibia ferrea

February 8, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Libidibia (formerly known as Ceasalpinia). species: ferrea. Family: Fabaceae. Common Name: Leopard tree, Brazilian Ironwood. Etymology: Ceasalpinia named after 16th Italian botanist and physician to Pope Clement VIII. ferrea: Iron referring to hard wood. Libidibia is derived from […]

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne with City skyline view
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

February 1, 2016 Simon 0

I lived in Melbourne for 30 years and could probably count the number of times I’ve been to the Botanic gardens on one hand. One probable reason is that I couldn’t have cared less as […]

Phoenix canariensis
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Phoenix canariensis

January 24, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Phoenix.  species: canariensis.  Family: Arecaceae. Common Name: Canary Island date palm, Pineapple palm. Etymology: According to some authors, the genus name is taken from the Greek, as these people saw this plant in Phoenicia for […]

Port Campbell National Park
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Great Ocean Walk (Victoria) Day 7

January 18, 2016 Simon 0

This would be our last morning and I felt a little sad, as I knew, like all great adventures this would soon exist only as a memory tucked away in my mind. You honestly couldn’t […]

Pandanus tectorius Woody Heads National Park
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Pandanus tectorius

January 13, 2016 Simon 0

  Genus: Pandanus species: tectorius Family:  PANDANACEAE. Common Name: Screw Pine, Beach Pandan. Etymology: Pandan (proto-Malayic), tectorius (used for cover or plastering in Latin). Origin: Sub-tropical to tropical east coast Australia, Indonesia and Pacific Islands to […]

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