By: Judy Evans
The sheoak (she-oak) is endemic to Australia. Sheoaks are actually flowering plants and belong to the genus Allocasuarina and the family Casuarinaceae. The sheoak may also be called the ironwood, bull-oak (buloke) or beefwood. The species Allocasuarina luehmannii gives its name to the Shire of...
By: Judy Evans
The Red or Scarlet Flowering Gum grows to around 10m tall. It is an evergreen tree whose deep green leaves form a thick canopy. It is one of the best of the Australian native shade trees. Its natural habitat is on the south coast of...
Trees of Australia: Marri
By: Judy Evans
The Marri tree is one of the most common of the eucalypts found in the south-west forests of Western Australia (WA). It is not found outside of the south west corner of WA. The marri was formerly referred to as Eucalyptus calophylla but in 1995...
By: Judy Evans
Nuytsia floribunda (Western Australian Christmas tree or simply Christmas tree) is a root hemi-parasite. It is named in honour of Pieter Nuyts who was a 17th century Dutch explorer and colonial official. It belongs to the family Loranthaceae, the mistletoes. The Christmas tree is unique...
By: Judy Evans
The quaintly named Snottygobble is one of 90 species of Persoonia. Four of these species occur in the south-west of Western Australia (WA). It is a key component of the mid-storey level of WA’s jarrah forests. The snottygobble grows well on laterite (gravelly) soils...
What is Xylem?
By: Sammy Stein
Xylem consists of long, dead cells and is part of the vascular tissue of a plant (the other components being phloem and cambium (cambium only in dicotyledons). Like our veins, xylem carries the life blood of a plant- water. Water enters the root hairs through...
What is phloem?
By: Sammy Stein
Phloem is part of the vascular system in a plant. It carries food substances from the leaves, where they are manufactured, to all other parts of the plant. Phloem cells are long, living cells with sieve plates at either end. These sieve plates allow substances...
By: Sammy Stein
Inside each seed there is an embryonic plant. A seed contains the next generation of the plant it comes from and, as such, the plant goes to great lengths to ensure the survival of the seed. Every seed is different and some are large, some...
By: Sammy Stein
When identifying plants, it can be very difficult because many species have marked similarities. However, one of the easiest ways to identify plants is by their leaves. Leaves come in all sorts of shapes and forms. The aim of plant identification is to find characteristics...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Melaleuca is often known as the ‘paper-bark’ and has over 200 recognised species. Melaleuca belongs to the myrtle family Myrtaceae. Melaleucas may be trees or shrubs depending on the species. Heights range from 2 to 30 metres tall. Some form sprawling shrubs...

 

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