By: Judy Evans
The woody pear belongs to the genus Xylomelum. There are five species in Xylomelum, two in south-west Western Australia and three in New South Wales and Queensland. All species are known by the common name of ‘woody pear’ after their distinctive and attractive fruits...
By: Rex Trulove
Many people feel that morel mushrooms are among the choicest of edible mushrooms. A great number of people love to eat them, a smaller number know what they look like in the wild, and fewer still actually go out and collect them. The number of...
Effects of invasive plant species on wildlife habitats
By: James Johnson
Invasive plant species, they are everywhere around the planet and can often cause troubles, especially in the wild. How do they cause troubles for the environment? Are they destructive to wildlife habitats or beneficial by creating more diversity. Why can they cause problems in one...
By: Rex Trulove
Like many mushrooms, morels can grow at different altitudes and in different places. However, the key to finding them is often in knowing where they are most likely to be abundant. Armed with this knowledge, a person is more likely to find them, though they...
How gymnosperms are developed for water conservation
By: Nick Ford
When we look at a coniferous tree, or admire the age of a Great Redwood, we subconsciously recognise a botanic group known as the gymnosperms. The group includes the largest tree and the oldest tree and the slowest growing plant on earth. It includes the...
By: Lian Slayford-Wei
The Genus Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Thailand Licuala is a species-rich genus f fan palms, making it a striking component in the understorey of tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. It reaches from eastern regions of India all the way to the Soloman Islands. Scholars have...
Vegetation of the forest-steppe region of Hustain Nuruu, Mongolia
By: Lian Slayford-Wei
The Vegetation of the Forest-Steppe Region of Hustain Nuruu, Mongolia The world is an amazing place and Mongolia is home to some amazing life-forms. In a deeply forested steppe of Hustain Nuruu was extensively researched by scholars. Here, they studied and identified 11 plant communities...
Trees of Australia: Lemon-scented gum
By: Judy Evans
The lemon-scented gum has the botanical name of Corymbia citriodora or Euchalyptus citriodora. It may also be known as the blue spotted gum or lemon eucalyptus. The name comes from the strong lemon perfume of the foliage. It is a tall tree from the temperate...
Trees of Australia: River red gum
By: Judy Evans
Eucalyptus camaldulensis or River Red Gum is one of around 800 species in the genus Eucalyptus and has the widest distribution of all. Frederick Dehnhardt, Chief Gardener at the Botanic Gardens in Naples, described the species in 1832 and named it for a private estate...
Trees of Australia: Salmon gum
By: Judy Evans
The Salmon Gum or Eucalyptus salmonophloia (salmon-barked) is a most attractive eucalypt which is native to only a small area of Western Australia. The tree was named in 1878 by Ferdinand von Mueller, an eminent Australian botanist. Early settlers were already calling the tree Salmon-Barked...

 

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