Category Archives: Ecology

Searching for truth beneath bark

The famed Australian poetess Judith Wright wrote in her poem The Forest: “When first I knew this forest its flowers were strange… …time was to spend and time’s renewing harvest could never reach an end Now that its vines and … Continue reading

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Vegetation of a piece of Australia’s prime rainforest

Having┬ástarted this blog almost 6 years ago and spending some years learning the flora of the region, I have had the great previlege to examine closer, in a scientific way, the flora of a patch of Australia’s prime rainforest estate. … Continue reading

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The hidden anatomical diversity of tropical woods

Prof. Susan Laurance from James Cook University has set up a rainfall exclusion experiment at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory – a location where Australia’s premium lowland tropical rainforest still predominate. Prof. Susan is studying the effect of drought on tropical … Continue reading

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Pioneers of the rainforest

Anyone interested in tropical plants or plant ecology cannot help but encounter the concept of succession. Species that are characteristic of successional habitats or rainforest habitats recovering from disturbance (cyclone, deforestation, etc) are called pioneer or successional species. These species … Continue reading

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