House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Friday 2nd September at 7.15pm for 7.30 start
Please not this is one week early
House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Speaker: Jeremy S.
Teaching About Australian Native Plants at TAFE
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Directions To Phillip
Travel up the Kariong hill from West Gosford and turn right at the
second set of lights into The Avenue which is the road that used to
take us to the Flora Festival site and now goes to the High School.
Turn right immediately into Old Mt. Penang Road.
Phillip House is on the left about half way down Old Penang Road.
any red diamond
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to the item of your choice.
Saturday 27th August
Tuesday 30th August
Region Get-Together at Burrendong Arboretum
Friday 2nd September
September Monthly Meeting (ONE WEEK EARLY)
Thursday 8th September -
Sunday 11th September
Australian Springtime Flora Festival Mt.Penang
Saturday 17th September
Wildplants Rescue Service
Open Day at Pioneer Dairy
Saturday 17th September -Sunday
Orchids in the Wetlands – The Hunter Wetlands
Centre at Shortland
Tuesday 20th September
Closing Date for Articles to be Included in October
Tuesday 27th September
at Katandra. Meet in the carpark top of Katandra Road,
at 9am. (later this month because of the Flora
Sunday 2nd October -
Friday 7th October
2010 National Biennial Conference
Friday 14th October
October Monthly Meeting
Features ~ ~
No Bushwalk this month due to Flora Festival
Speaker For September
speaker for September will be Jeremy S.
from the Wildflower Farm at Somersby. Jeremy will talk about what
is important to teach about Australian natives at TAFE and will also
lead a general discussion about the Australian flower market.
Myrtle Rust which is closely related to Eucalyptus
Guava rust was first discovered in Australia on the Central Coast in
April 2010 and due to the vagary of taxonomy was named
Uredo rangellii because
it has a bare patch on the spore which is the taxonomic difference
of what we know Eucalyptus rust to be. It is an obligate parasite
meaning that it needs a living host to grow and reproduce.
Plants in the Myrtaceae family are
potential hosts to the disease and this family is one of the top ten
biggest families in Australia and also one of the top ten biggest
families in the World with close to 6,000 species world-wide
a complex life cycle with up to five spore stages ‘up to’ being
critical because with some diseases we don’t know how many spore
stages they have. One of the rusts of wheat has an alternate host
which is totally unrelated called Barberry but very much a cold
climate plant and the only way a certain plant of spore savers can
germinate is on that particular host, on that one species.
Myrtle Rust belongs to the guava rust group which also includes the
fungus Puccina psidii
another pathogen of the Myrtaceae
family and is a disease of significance in the Nursery Industry.
Looking at the spores under a microscope
has a bare patch and Puccina
without the bare patch which is the only difference between the
two. Genetic work has shown that whatever it is that we have
here, it is within the whole Puccina psidii complex and is
very complicated. Until the observations of Myrtle Rust in Australia
in April 2010 there were only two known described specimens of
Myrtle rust and one was Myrtus communis;
an exotic and the other Syzigium jambos
from Asia which is an excellent host.
theory all species of the Myrtaceae
family are hosts. Until recently Myrtle rust has only been known
to infect South American species other than the handful of
Eucalyptus species that have been taken over there for cultivation.
Nurseryman here are worried, Forestry is concerned and the cut
flower industry could also be affected Plants grown for the cut
flower trade include Chamelaucium
uncinatum the wax flower,
Corymbia the flowering gum,
Verticordia the feather flower and all
good news is that the disease is not appearing as you head west into
dryer regions which is probably a reflection of the climate that it
likes. However it does like the nursery-like environment west of
the range when given the right conditions.
the last 120 years which is the period in which
psidii has been known it
has been described as having nine tribes. There are seventeen
tribes in Myrtaceae, two of which are
very small and the other fifteen all include Australian species.
Fourteen of those have been found susceptible – 12 through
observation and two were determined through lab work, leaving just
one Australian tribe that hasn’t yet shown any definite
susceptibility. Australian mangroves are also susceptible to the
rust. Austromyrtus was the first
really major host, which was worrying because it is grown in such
large numbers and is moved around a lot and the rust has also been
found on Agonis. Rust has also been found on turpentine and
Tristania, the water gum, but they are
not considered to be big hosts however if the conditions are
favourable they will get infected.
1 host in the bush is Rhodamnia
rubescens which has been found
infected in State forests and fresh spores have also been found on
quinquenervia. In the bush with
rubescens probably there is nothing that can be done. The
new leaves are getting infected and dropping off and the old leaves
are aging and dying so what chance does the plant have?
(pictured right - photo courtesy Wikipedia)
would probably be our No. 1 host but
Gossia also remains a big one.
NSW list of affected species has reduced but that is mainly because
the Q’ld species have been removed. In Queensland the disease was
found a week before New Year and has exploded since then.
Myrtle rust resistance varies; it varies within the family, between
genera, within the species, between species and between plants
depending on the leaf age of the plant. In a garden situation
that’s a good thing because if you are trying to control it there’s
only a certain window in which the plant can be infected. It is
evident that the infection is only on new growth so if the disease
is not present when the new leaves are forming then they won’t get
you’re looking for the disease there are characteristic spots on
leaves which is a reaction to an infection, recolouring around the
infection points, leaf distortion, particularly if the infection is
on the edge of the leaf and the main thing is the spore on the
underside of the leaf. A plant that is soft and moist, nice and
succulent is ideal for rust infection.
you have rust in your garden – take comfort because the better the
grower you are the more likely you are to attract the rust. When
surveying nurseries the quality of the plants was obvious by the
amount of rust that was found.
Hawaii damage was seen on Syzigium
jambos as clusters of brown
surrounded by yellow. The yellow spores are called
Uridiniospores and we’re
familiar with them particularly in our climate but when it’s a bit
hotter there are brown spores called
Teliospores which are longer lasting and another way
of the disease surviving particularly over longer periods. When
the infection moved into Q’ld they were seeing a lot more
Teliospores than we’ve ever seen down here.
Jonathon visited a plantation on the north coast where they were
growing lemon myrtle for its oil and when growing this kind of
product you’re looking for the new growth. It needs to be cut back
hard and fed hard then the oil is harvested from the new growth.
The dried leaves are used in food processing additives and for soaps
and the rust just loves the new growth. The aniseed myrtle
industry has selected a very narrow range of clones to produce their
plantations for their high oil content and these too are very
susceptible to rust.
What we need to know about the disease is that you can have a
susceptible host without rust and you don’t have a problem, you can
have a susceptible host with a bit of rust in the wrong environment
for it to germinate and you don’t have a problem, you can have a
susceptible host in the right environment for germination with no
disease and you still don’t have a problem but put the three
together and you do have a problem. From some of the work done in
Canberra it was found that under ideal conditions these little
pustules can develop from a spore in 10-14 days. It is reported
that the spore generation that follows is favoured by a wet leaf
surface for at least six hours, low light or darkness and
temperature in the range of 15-25 degrees.
saw the development across the Central Coast last year all through
winter. The spore development took longer, about 6-8 weeks and
that’s with 3 weeks at 20 deg. from a single spore infection. 95%
of the species tend to show some level of susceptibility. There’s
no such thing as a false positive, however there is a risk of a
false negative, you may get a negative result when the leaves are
too old or growing too slowly.
There is proven potential for most plants, but mainly young trees up
to about 3 years old, and particularly in production nurseries with
the tropics and sub tropics providing the right climatic
conditions. In Brazil there was large scale damage in
nurseries. In the 70’s and again in the 90’s they had 50% of
plantations damaged and in further reports around the year 2000, 300
hectares of 6 month old Eucalyptus grandis
National Parks & Wildlife are worried – there are 500 Myrtaceae
species in NSW, 85 of those are threatened and 52 of those
threatened species occur in areas where we know that rust exists.
In other words a large proportion of our endangered Myrtaceae are in
areas at risk in the wild. The rust exists on the coastal fringe
from Tathra in the south, which is almost to the Victorian border of
NSW, and right up to South East Queensland. If you should find
Myrtle rust outside that range or find it outside the species on
the list on the website report the find to the Exotic Plant Pest
Hotline on 1800 084 881 or email
Myrtle Rust on Agonis flexuosa
of the best methods of control is hygiene. Be aware that if you’ve
been to an area where there is rust or likely to be rust you can
carry it into another area. Spray shoes, hat and tools with
methylated spirits before wearing the same clothing into another
area. A lot of the plants on the Myrtaceae list may not be major
hosts in your garden and may not even get infected; it depends on
the climatic conditions in your garden.
Should you find an infected plant in your garden it is recommended
that you cut off the infected foliage, place it in a plastic bag and
leave the bag out in the sun for a few weeks to solarise before
putting it into the garbage bin. DO NOT
place it into the
green bin. Another option is that
you can dig a big hole in the backyard wrap it in paper and bury it
down there. Probably the best means of control at home, the
easiest and simplest method, may well be to carefully spray infected
material with methylated spirits with a bit of water added to it
before doing anything else, the alcohol is more likely to kill the
spores than anything else you use.
is not known how susceptible the spore is to fire. There have been
several known cases of the disease being spread by fire. Where an
area where the disease is present has been burnt spores have
gone up into the air and spread over hundreds of thousands of kms.
before falling down and infecting somewhere else. But the biggest
fear for the native flora is what happens after fire. After fire
you have the best and most vulnerable material for infection with
new seedlings and young shoots everywhere so areas that have been
burnt will need to be monitored.
Conditions for the disease are helped by rain so one could wonder
what would happen if we had another ten years of drought? However,
the spores only travel aerially after the leaf has dried out so
although the conditions were perfect for infection in the middle of
last year with so much rain it was also perfect for stopping aerial
spread. Other means of spreading the disease is by birds, bats,
and insects but the greatest risk by far comes from people.
Book of The Month
Presented by Rosemary W.
Rose chose for her presentation ‘A Brilliant Touch’ by Christobel
Mattingley a book that includes Adam Forster’s wildflower
paintings. The book was published by the National Library of
Steve Lambert gave a book review earlier this year on Thistle
Harris’s Wild Flowers of Australia that was published in 1938 but
how many people know anything about the Adam Forster whom she
acknowledges at the beginning of the book, noting he never saw the
completed article as he had died?
real name was Carl Ludwig August Wiarda and he was born in 1848 in
German East Friesland on the border between the Netherlands and
Germany. His ancestry was German and Dutch. His father was an
eminent judge so Carl received a classical grammar school
education and completed two years of medical school but was
enlisted to fight in the Franco-Prussian war. He was wounded and
awarded the Iron Cross but was so disgusted with the slaughter and
the invasion of Paris that he took a ship to South Africa.
Settling in Port Elizabeth he set up business and married Mary Smith
the beautiful 19 year old daughter of the local mayor. His
artistic talent took off and he filled sketchbooks with pictures of
every day life and South African wildflowers. In 1890 his business
was faltering so he decided to try his luck in Australia to make a
more stable life for his family leaving Mary and their three
1891 he arrived in Sydney and changed his name to Adam Forster
possibly because he admired Johann Forster the German/English
naturalist. Five years later he was made an Australian citizen and
in 1898 sent for his family. His rise to prosperity was helped by
his perfect English and education.
family settled in Ashfield and he became a Justice of the Peace,
Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Board and secretary of the
Pharmaceutical Association. His passion for the bush and sketching
wildflowers together with his botanical knowledge led him to become
a member of the Naturalists Society of NSW.
Friend and fellow member David Stead was keen to educate young
people in a love of nature and wanted a handbook published on
wildflowers. Stead introduced him to George Robertson of Angus &
Robertson as the ideal illustrator. He wrote a text and submitted
paintings to the publishers but it wasn’t until 1938, nearly ten
years after Adam’s death, that George Ferguson, grandson of George
Robertson, discovered the printing blocks and text in the
strongroom. He consulted David Stead who suggested that Thistle
Harris the environmentalist and botanist take on the book. She
decided that the text was too academic and wrote more reader
friendly notes and so the book was published. Adam Forster had set
himself the task of illustrating 1000 wildflowers and achieved 918
in his long lifetime.
After the book was published there were offers to his family for the
collection of his paintings and sketchbooks from Germany and
interested collectors in America but his family knew that his
dearest wish was that the collection should remain in the land in
which he had chosen to live and so loved. In 1948 the collection
was given to the National Library in Canberra.
one knows how much Angus & Robertson paid him in 1928 but according
to Joan Webb, biographer of Thistle Harris, Thistle was paid fifteen
pounds in 1938. She was a bit deaf and thought she was to be paid
Flannel Flower Canvas
raffle is a 70cm x 60cm canvas painting of Flannel Flowers and it
was donated to the Group by Julie Y. a decorative painter/teacher of
Wyoming. The raffle will be drawn at this years Australian
Springtime Flora Festival at Kariong in September.
Tickets will be on sale at our July meeting Friday 8th July and at
all meetings leading up to the Festival and will be $2 each or 3 for
submitted by Barbara M.
is a plant that may climb, trail or even form a shrubby habit.
Purple pea flowers resembling little faces can be seen scrambling
around the shrubbery in the bush or just trailing around the
undergrowth at this time of the year and well into spring. White,
pink and various shades of mauve are also available from nurseries
and they make great garden plants. It can be propagated from
cutting or by seed that has been treated with hot or boiling water.
previously named Eriostemon is a shrub that will grow 1m-2m high and
bears white star-like flowers in late winter and spring. It’s a
very hardy plant that will tolerate shade of sun and will appreciate
a hard prune after flowering. It can be propagated from cutting.
is one of the hardiest of the W.A. Darwinia species for growing on
the East Coast and is used as root stock for harder to grow
species. Has lemon scented foliage and white flowers aging to
orange in spring and summer, you can propagate it from cutting but
it also has a tendency to self seed. The plant requires good
drainage and has a preference for a little shade.
is a small tree that will grow to 6m and it bears small cream
clusters flowers on the old wood which are followed by blue globular
fruits. It can be propagated from cuttings or seed.
grows 1-2m high has highly aromatic leaves and bears violet flowers
mainly in spring. You’ll find it growing on the side
of Moonee Creek it likes quite a bit of moisture and although short
lived strikes readily from cutting.
Wonga Vine is a vigorous twining climber that bears tubular flowers
in spring. Ian had one growing over a
Banksia serrata that
was about 30 feet high and it was very pretty when flowering but had
to be cut down. Colour varies from white and maroon to white and
gold or brown. It can be propagated from cutting or seed.
grows to around 1m with linear leaves and bears white or pink
flowers in late winter and spring. A W.A. species that is
moderately hardy and needs to be kept pruned to prevent it becoming
is a vigorous climber and it’s in full flower at the moment. It
just covers the bushes with a mass of white and the flowers are
followed by a fluffy feathery seed heads responsible for giving the
plant its common name ‘Old Man’s Beard’.
grows to about 1.5m and has toothed sticky leaves and it bears large
yellow flowers mainly in spring and summer. It’s very hardy, fast
growing and free flowering, will grow in most aspects and soils but
likes a bit of shade and it strikes readily from cutting.
are nothing much to look at however they are followed by very
attractive fruits, sometimes mistaken for flowers, in various shades
of red that follow the flowers in summer, it grows up to 2m high
and has striking Boronia-like foliage.
is a climbing twining plant with dark green toothed leaves and looks
best when grown amongst other shrubs. It’s not as long flowering
but its large yellow flowers that appear in spring and summer are
quite outstanding. Prefers a well-drained soil with some shade and
plenty of moisture and well worth a spot in the garden. It’s a
local plant and can be propagated from cutting.
grows up to 2m with pinnate bluish green leaves and bears sprays of
purple pea flowers that appear in spring. The distribution area is
all states of Australia except the N.T. and the plant can be
propagated from cutting or from treated seed.
L.flavescens grows from 1 – 4m and bears white flowers in
profusion in spring and summer.
is a small shrub to 1.5m that bears purple pea flowers late winter
early spring. It’s distribution area is Q’ld and NSW and it can be
propagated from treated seed.
Star’ is a prostrate
ground cover slowly spreading to 50cm with trifoliolate aromatic
leaves. Small star shaped pink flowers cover the plant in
spring. It will tolerate salt winds and frost and strikes readily
from cutting. The distribution area is several headlands on the
mid north coast of NSW and its conservation status is ‘endangered’.
Other plants that made a repeat appearance on the table this month
G.’Red Clusters’, G.’Forest Rambler’,
Swainsona sejuncta, Thryptomene saxicola ‘Paynes Hybrid’
Information sources – Native Plants of Sydney, Les Robinson;
Australian Native Plants, John Wrigley & Murray Fagg; Wikipedia the
Wild plants Rescue Service Open Day
Saturday 17th September
Wildplants Community Nursery is open to the public for plant sales
on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The nursery is
situated within the Pioneer Dairy Wetlands at South Tacoma Road,
South Tacoma. Entrance to the Wetlands is on the right directly
after the railway underpass. If either gate is closed when you get
to them please close them behind you.
first set up day for the Flora Festival is Sunday 4th
September. Our equipment will be picked up from the storage depot
in the morning and we anticipate that it will arrive on site by
12.30. when assistance will be needed to unload and begin the
Electricity may not be available on the Sunday so bring along a
thermos of hot water for tea or coffee and a chair to sit on. Tea,
coffee and biscuits will be provided.
next set up day will be Tuesday 6th September. On
Wednesday 7th we will be receiving plants from our
suppliers and hopefully plenty of container plants, cut flowers and
foliage from our members to incorporate in the display.
display is very dependent on what container plants, cut flowers and
foliage that members bring in; the more we receive the better our
display will be. Foliage can be trailing vines, fern fronds, native
palm leaves and even small branches that are manageable. Garden
ornaments would also be good but make sure your name is on them so
we can return them to you.
Typical tasks that we need help with during the set up would be
filling the water bottles that hold our cut flowers and setting up
the stands, spreading mulch and once the plants have arrive filling
up watering cans and watering the plants. The use of hoses will
probably be restricted.
When helping at the festival on the sale days, please wear your name
badge so the general public can distinguish you as a member.
you arrive at the entrance and have not yet picked up an entry pass
I can be contacted on my mobile 0408 653140 and will bring a pass
out to you. I will be on site most of the time. Entry passes
will be given to members at the September meeting who will be
helping in the marquee on the Thursday or Friday.
site details should also be available by the September meeting.
Access to the Mt.Penang Event Park is in Kangoo Road off Central
Coast Highway (Worthington BMW on corner) and enter via Gate 1, the
Exhibitors entrance. During the set up please park along the road
sides outside the marquee; driving or parking on the grassed
areas is not permitted.
happy hour will be held at the end of the day on the Sunday when the
packing up is done so come along and help with the packing up and
join in the happy hour. Drinks, cheese and biscuits will be
provided and a chance to pick up a bargain or two at a special
helpers price before stock is returned to the suppliers.
Thursday 8th - Sunday 12th
Start until 10am
9.30am to 12.30pm
12.00pm to 3.00pm
2.30pm to 5.30pm
times that we need more help is the first session on Saturday
morning from 8.30am and all late afternoon sessions. Another
critical time is on Wednesday afternoon to complete the setting up
and load the tube stock onto the plant stands. If you can spare
some time it would be most appreciated.
Congratulations to two octogenarians, Anne M. & Audrey T. who
recently celebrated their 80th birthdays. This photo was
taken by Rose at an afternoon tea in their honour at Anne’s home.
Burrendong Arboretum was established in 1964 and covers
approximately 164ha. It is dedicated to the preservation and
conservation of Australia’s unique and incredibly diverse flora
This year the District Together will be held at the Burrendong
Arboretum on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August.
Central West Group and the Burrendong Arboretum have prepared a
great programme for the 2-day weekend and some of the highlights are
Colin Fenn, a local rock carving artist, will be demonstrating
how he carves native plant images onto stone tablets and a
completed tablet will be raffled over the weekend.
Burrendong staff have been busy growing some of their iconic
plants and they have over 1000 of these ready for the weekend.
Guided tours of the Arboretum will be conducted by Friends of
the Arboretum over the two days.
Workshops by Angus Stewart on propagation, pruning and deep stem
planting and signed copies of his latest book will be available
Tours of the Wellington Caves
Tour of Mount Arthur Reserve noted for its display of orchids
and other wild flowers.
there is an optional 2-day tag along tour into the Warrumbungles
led by Anthony O’Halloran travelling into the Goonoo State
Conservation Area and the Pilliga Forest.
miss out, book now. More information is available on the Burrendong
where you can download a registration form.
accommodation visit Wellington’s Visitor Informaton Centre at
telephone on 1800 621614.
2011 National Biennial
2011 National Biennial Conference will be hosted by the Australian
Plants Society, South Australian Region from Sunday 2nd October to
Friday 7th October 2011 at Westminster School, Alison Ave, Marion.
can enjoy informative and entertaining presentations, and learn new
skills at practical workshops. Share the company of fellow
enthusiasts in public and private gardens and bushland.
Pre-Conference tours – Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges
Conference tours – Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, and south-east
of South Australia
placed on the conference mailing list, email your contact details or
post them to –
Conference 2011,P.O. Box 304, Unley. S.A. 5061
Registration forms will be available from early 2011.
More Dates For Your Diary
Muogamarra Nature Reserve
The Reserve is located on the western side of the Pacific Highway
1km north of Cowan Station.
The park is open on weekends only this year from
August to Sunday 11th September
9am to 4.30pm.
Cost of entry is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for family
(2 adults and up to 3 children).
National Park passes and concessions do NOT apply.
Orchids in the
orchid show and sale will be held at The Hunter Wetlands Centre at
Saturday 17th 10am – 5pm and Sunday 18th September 10am - 3pm. Vendors on the weekend will include
Royale Orchids, Tinonee Orchids, Down Under Native Orchids,
Australian Plant Society Orchids & Newbold Orchid Tray Company.
Admission to the Wetlands is $10 – adult, $5 – child (under 3 yrs
free), Concession - $6.50, family (2 adults + 2 children $23). For
more information Phone 4951 6466 or email
Illawarra Grevillea Park
Located at Bulli, the park is only open to the public on weekends.
The next open days will be
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th
September and Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd
October from 10am until 4pm.
Cost of entry is $5 for adults and children accompanied by an adult
are admitted free. Light refreshments – tea, coffee, and biscuits
are available from the Chapel and a range of native plants are
available for purchase at the nursery. Contact details
Gardens & Rainforest
at 76 Pitt Town Road, Kenthurst will be open Friday, Saturday,
Sunday and Monday from 10am – 4pm during September from
2nd September to the Monday 26th September.
& Jenny J. have extended an invitation to visit their garden which
displays a diverse collection of native flora from around Australia.
They will have a large range of native plants in gro-tubes & larger
sizes available for sale.
Entry to gardens – Adults $2, children free
Rainforest tour – additional fee Adults $2, children free
Entry to gardens will be donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service
The garden of Peter
the Grevillea Guru will be opening his garden at 140 Russell Lane,
Oakdale (Camden)on Saturday 8th
& Sunday 9th October 10am – 4.30pm
Visit the garden of Grevillea expert and co-author of The Grevillea
Books in his spectacular park-like garden filled with a stunning
display of Australian plants. The extensive collection of
Grevillea cultivars and grafted standards is a special highlight.
Many rare Australian plants thrive in the garden created by Peter
and Margaret. There are large trees and lawns as well as discrete
areas including a rainforest garden and fernery. Peter will give
informal talks on all aspects of Grevillea culture at 11am & 2pm
From Sydney take the M5 to Picton exit; in Picton turn left at
Argyle St then 1st right into Barkers Lodge Rd and continue to
Oakdale; at Oakdale sign turn right into Russell Lane.
Admission adults $7, children under 18 free.
Heavy clouds and a promise of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of
the 14 that turned up for the Thommos Loop walk no doubt encouraged
by the plethora of wildflowers that can be seen in the bush at this
time of the year.
Meeting at Staples Lookout we were joined by one visitor and future
prospective member and managed to cross Woy Woy Road without loss of
life before setting off down the fire trail.
There were many flowering Acacias to be seen including
A.ulicifolia and A.Oxycedrus the white flowers of
Epacris microphylla were very prominent and there was also the
white Conospermum longifolium otherwise known as the
smoke bush. Eriostemon australasius was also flowering and
lots of the yellow pea flowers of Dylwynnia floribunda were
seen along with another yellow flowering plant Phebalium
squamulosum. The stand out plant on the day was the native
rose Boronia serrulata that could be seen on the side of the
track partly obscured by the trove of wildflowers and bright pink
Boronia ledifolia was also flowering
wasn’t long before the drizzling rain turned us back towards Staples
Lookout and a general discussion took place to decide where we could
go for our lunch stop. That was settled with an invitation from
the Catts to go back to their home at Kariong where there was plenty
of shelter and we enjoyed our lunch in comfort ad in good company.
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Due to the Flora Festival there will not be a bush walk on
CD - Native
Plants & Bushwalks of the Central Coast
Many years ago Alan
created a list of plants that the group had identified while on
their monthly bushwalks. This list was passed over to Diana &
Barry a few years ago and it was then converted into a data base.
Over the past 3 years a great many more plants have been added to
the list and now 800 plants are included on the data base.
were also collected along the way some taken by Diana & Barry and
others taken by some of the keen photographers amongst the group
From this data base
and collection of photos a DVD was produced to run on the coach for
the Sydney Tour of the ASGAP Conference last year. This particular
tour was subsequently cancelled due to lack of numbers but a seed
was planted and the thought of a CD began to grow.
After many hours
spent at the computer the CD is now complete. It contains over 400
photographs and lists 24 bushwalks in National Parks, State Forests
and Reserves of the Central Coast region and each bushwalk has a
listing of the plants which may be found along that walk. In some
cases maps are included.
The disc is
available for $15 plus $2.50 postage (within Australia only)
The CD can be purchased at any of
our monthly meetings.
or if you wish to order
a form is available from this website.
details and samples from the CD
or to download an
directly to the New CD site by clicking on the
CD Case on the right.
The Committee and
members would like to thank Diana and Barry for all the effort and
hours spent in producing the CD the profits from the sale of which
will benefit the group.