By: Judy Evans
The Agonis genus is only found in south-west Western Australia. It is a small genus of some 12 species. The genus is part of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and consists of evergreen shrubs and trees. The bark of these plants is fibrous. Probably the best...
By: Sarah Lewis
The Fringed Pink (Dianthus superbus) is an indigenous herbaceous European perennial. The plant itself is highly attractive. The plant foliage consists of long narrow leaves that are a combination of grey and green with the odd hint of blue. The plant has charming blooms that...
By: Tarek Musslimani
Cells in the body that are excitable and which communicate with each other through an action potential are cells of the nervous system that are called neurons. This is in addition to muscle cells which are also excitable and contract based on signaling using an...
By: Sammy Stein
The word gymnosperm means 'naked seed'. The seeds of gymnosperms - a branch of the flowering plants- are not protected by ovarian tissue or ovaries. Usually the seed are borne on cones and plants of the gymnosperm order include pines,firs, spruce, cycads and ginkgos...
The evolution of pandas
By: Rena Sherwood
The giant panda (Ailurpoda melanoleuca) is a bear. But it is a vegetarian bear. Bears are omnivorous but will often prefer meat or insects in order to help them put on enough fat for winter, when they hibernate. But giant pandas do not hibernate as...
By: Nick Ford
Gay Wings, or Fringed Milkwort, is a small trailing plant with purple flowers. The Latin name is Polygala paucifolia. Plants are typically 3 to 4 inches tall and flower in April and May, sometimes through to July. The stem is lanky. A few leaves cluster...
By: Judy Evans
Isopogon is a genus of some 35 southern Australian plant species, most of which are found in Western Australia. Isopogon belongs to the protea family Proteaceae. The common name of the Isopogon is drumsticks or conebush. This is a reference to the rounded or egg-shaped...
By: Judy Evans
Syzygium is a large genus of some 1,000 species, of which some 50 odd are found in Australia. Syzygium is part of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). In general, syzygium are evergreen trees with a simple arrangement of leaves appearing opposite each other. The leaves...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Leptospermum (common name Ti-tree or Tea-tree) belongs to the myrtle family Myrtaceae. About 80 evergreen shrubs and small trees make up the genus and there are now a number of cultivars from which gardeners can choose. Cultivars are selected for flower colour and...
By: Judy Evans
For home gardeners, the main attraction of the kunzea, a native of Australia, is the prolific honey-scented flowers. The fluffy appearance of the flowers comes from masses of protruding stamens. Generally flowering is in the spring, the kunzea attracts number of honey-eaters and insectivorous birds...

 

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