A Crimson Rosella in the Melaleuca

Every afternoon, I have noticed this Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) sitting quietly in my Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris) tree. Sometimes it is alone; sometimes with friends. It is dining out on the seeds left behind now the flowers have all died.

The Bracelet Honey Myrtle is native to south-east Australia and flowers in summer.

 

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)

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National Eucalypt Day

Today is National Eucalypt Day. A day to celebrate the magnificent trees we Australians call Gum Trees.

The following photos are of Eucalyptus regnans commonly known as Mountain Ash, also Swamp Gum, or Stringy Gum. Mountain Ash trees are native to Tasmania and the state of Victoria in south-east Australia.

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Eucalyptus regnans is the world’s tallest flowering plant and is also the world’s second tallest tree.

I remember when I was in primary school, my teacher told the class that trees were the lungs of the world. I can clearly remember my thoughts: “Then why are we cutting them down?”

I still ask that question decades later.

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Eucalyptus calophylla rosea

The flowering gums have been showing beautifully in Colac lately. While they are native to West Australia there are some excellent species in full flower in the Botanic Gardens. There are also some been planted by the Shire Council along some of the city streets.

These pictures are of the Eucalyptus calophylla rosea which is planted in our yard. This tree must be over thirty years old now, and every summer gives us outstanding blossoms, like these.

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Pin-cushion Hakea

The Pin-cushion Hakea (Hakea laurina) is a superb Australia Native Plant endemic to South-west Australia, however is grown widely throughout Australia and overseas.

The following photographs are of the flower of this small tree.

Pin-cushion Hakea

Pin-cushion Hakea

Meaning of the name: Hakea laurina

Hakea: after the 20th century botanist Baron von Hake.

laurina: because of the laurel like leaves.

Pin-cushion Hakea

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Nature

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not Man the less, but Nature more,

From these our interviews, in which I steal

From all I may be, or have been before,

To mingle with the universe, and feel

What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”

(George Gordon) Lord Byron

Sky Gazing – Cirrus clouds over Lake Corangamite

Sky, Lake Corangamite

Seed Heads – Backlit and glowing in the late afternoon sun

Seed Head

Windmill at Sunset, near Lake Corangamite

Windmill

A Seat for Contemplation at Lake Colac

Lake Colac

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Prickly Paperbark

The following photos are of an Australian Native Plant the Prickly Paperbark (Melaleuca styphelioides), which I planted in my front yard many years ago. This summer they were in full bloom giving me the best display I’ve ever seen from them.

Prickly Paperbark

Paperbarks got their name because the bark of these trees look like paper. Early settlers used the bark to light campfires when making tea. This gave them their nickname, “Tea Tree”.

Prickly Paperbark

With over 200 species of Melaleuca in Australia, only a few are trees. It is endemic to Australia, with Melaleuca forests, mainly in northern regions, covering some 6.5 million hectares.

These forests are important habitat for many birds such as egrets, herons, and spoonbills. Oils, e.g. Tea Tree Oil, come from the foliage of some species of Melaleuca.

Melaleuca derives from the Greek, melas (black) and leukos (white).

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Eucalyptus Flowers

The following photographs are of Eucalyptus  flowers of the Tuart tree (Eucalyptus gomphocephala). It is an Australian native plant and is endemic to Western Australia.

Eucalyptus Flower

Eucalyptus Flower

Eucalyptus Flower

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