Dunns Swamp: By the Water

This year for my birthday I convinced my family to take a Friday off work to relive our childhood camping trips to Dunns Swamp (or Gangaddy) in Wollemi National Park. I was in botanical heaven! Around the campsite alone there are several vegetation types. Dunns Swamp or Ganguddy (the Wiradjuri name) is on the Cudgegong River … Continue reading Dunns Swamp: By the Water


Buds and the Bees: Sexual Deception in Orchids

Sexual deception is probably the weirdest and most wonderful methods used by plants to attract pollinators. Many plants use deceit of some kind to get little critters to spread their pollen to another flower, whether that is one plant species mimicking the petal arrangement of another, or a flower smelling like rotten flesh to attract pollinating … Continue reading Buds and the Bees: Sexual Deception in Orchids

Shrubs and Trees of Livingstone National Park

I recently went for a walk with friends in Livingstone National Park. It protects 2522 ha of temperate woodland and is one of the few large tracts of woodland in the mostly agricultural Riverina and South West Slopes. Being February there wasn't much flowering, but these are some of the plants we came across! Acacia paradoxa: Kangaroo … Continue reading Shrubs and Trees of Livingstone National Park

Actinotus helianthi – The Flannel Flower

The Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) is one of my favourite flowers! When I was about 6 years old I was walking with my Grandad in some bushland out the back of my grandparents’ holiday house on the Central Coast (north of Sydney). We came across a flannel flower and I loved its fluffiness so I … Continue reading Actinotus helianthi – The Flannel Flower

Ecological Explainer: Head Inflorescences

Flowers come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes a bunch of flowers grow so close together that they trick you into thinking they are one flower.  The Birds and Bees  So I probably don't need to tell you that a flower is the part on the plant that holds the reproductive organs. In their simplest … Continue reading Ecological Explainer: Head Inflorescences