Mt_Warning.JPG (37765 bytes)Week 4 July 2008: Rain = 5.5mm this week

During the first half of the week we travelled to the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. We spent a few days in Murwillumbah and a day in Lismore. We visited Mount Warning National Park, near Murwillumbah. Mount Warning was named by Captain Cook and dominates the surrounding countryside (see image). We didnít climb the Mountain. The track is very torturous and also the local Aboriginal people regard the area as sacred and prefer that visitors do not climb to the summit. We went on a short walk through a beautiful area dominated by Bangalow Palms. This is a rather different environment than the ones that we live in and usually visit.

One the way home we visited Fortis Creek National Park, near Grafton. This Park is home to the rare Prostanthera sejuncta. This species was recently separated from Prostanthera spinosa. Prostanthera sejuncta is a scrambling prostrate shrub whose stems form thick carpets. We found specimens along the banks of a creek that were 30 centimetres thick. Also in this area were three species of Acacias growing within a radius 50 metres. They were Acacia granitica, Acacia quadrilateralis and Acacia ruppii, another rare species. This is an interesting National Park and deserves further exploration.

As per usual we bought a number of plants on this trip. Included in our purchases were: Grevillea Cooroora Cascade, Grevillea Golden Lyre, Grevillea Lemon Supreme, Grevillea Strawberry Sundae and Leptospermum Cardwell. These plants were purchased from various nurseries as well as Bunnings Hardware. This latter business has branches in many towns and cities and usually carries an interesting range of native plants at reasonable prices. All the plants mentioned are in 15 centimetre pots.

We also purchased some tube stock from the Country Road Nursery in South Grafton. They carry a wide range of native plants in tubes priced at $2.00 or $2.50. We bought about 13 tubes including Eucalyptus dunnii, Grevillea venusta, Grevillea Jester and Banksia Giant Candles. We recommend a visit to this nursery if you are travelling through Grafton.

The latter part of the week was spent at home. We bought a new bed and bedside tables in flat packs. We spent a couple of days involved in furniture construction.

Friends living to the west of Yallaroo sent a photograph of a plant that they found on their property. We identified the plant as Myoporum montanum. This may be a new location for this species.  

New on the Site: Acacia quadrilateralis, Acacia ruppii and Prostanthera sejuncta.


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