My focus for this challenge is vegetation. From a tiny moss “forest”
to grasses that support life
with seeds and flowers
ferns providing shelter
Bottlebrush bush with flowers and food for everyone
Grevilleas giving shade and food for insects and birds
Tree Ferns who are older than dinosaurs, first plants to recover from fires – yes those fires in 2019 – as seen here. The stems of tree ferns are a miniature ecosystem, with epiphytic plants like mosses, small ferns and maybe lichens growing on them.
The first fronds that emerge are called Fiddleheads
Bigger flowering trees can be spectacular like Poinciana trees
Or Illawarra Flame Trees which stand out against the green of the bush when flowering
and then there are the towering giants in the rainforest that support all manner of life from the soil to the tree tops
Where would an Earth Story be without our wonderful plants – from the small to the tall. The featured photo is my favourite spot, Raspberry Lookout where you can sit among the trees as well as look over the valleys and the tree tops.
This is a flower from a Firewheel Tree – Stenocarpus sinuatus. Not the best photo as the flower isn’t at it best. It should look like a wheel with “spokes” radiating from a central hub. I dare say birds or animals have been feeding on these flowers.
The Firewheel Tree is a rainforest tree and can grow to thirty metres in height. The flowers attract insects too, butterflies and other nectar loving insects like bees.
It was the beginning of a hot day when we went to the Lismore Botanical Garden. We have been meaning to go every time we go to the Recycling Centre or as it is commonly know, the Tip Shop. Yes great bargains are to be had from the things that people throw away. But I digress. The morning was starting to heat up but it was cool walking among the trees. There has been very low rainfall so the plants were not at the best. We will go back when the rains come and I’ll show you some of the fabulous flowers, seeds, plants and hopefully there will be lots more birds.
The Gardens are a community project and the volunteers do a fabulous job. Over four hectares have been planted with dry, subtropical and riverine rainforest species. Here is their website
Enjoy walking the paths of the Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens