Fabulous flowering season on the Murray River floodplain

December 2017 has turned out to be the best flowering season yet for river red gums and black box on the Murray River floodplain! The trees seem to have returned to the ‘normal’ pattern of summer flowering for red gums and for most black box, after 2016 was dominated by winter flowering for black box, and multiple flowering events for many trees. This summer almost every tree is covered in dense clusters of cream-coloured flowers, with fresh new leaves appearing. Even the creeping monkey flower (Mimula repens) has formed dense purple carpets along the edges of wetlands. The trigger was most likely the flood which peaked 12 months ago, triggering dense bud crops which are now in full flower. That means there will be high volumes of seed next summer! It’s a great Christmas present to see the floodplain trees continuing recovery from the Millenium drought and looking so good!


About redgumgirl

Dr Anne Jensen is an environmental consultant with a passionate interest in sustainable management of our natural resources, particularly the River Murray and wetland environments. She is particularly interested in using photographs and stories to explain issues around water and protecting natural ecosystems in terms that are understood by the wider community, so that we can manage our environment sustainably for our common future.
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2 Responses to Fabulous flowering season on the Murray River floodplain

  1. Thanks Anne & HNY to you! Do you see any likelihood that WFN sites will demonstrate a response greater or longer than that of unwatered stands?
    Regards, P. McE.

    • redgumgirl says:

      Hi Paul, yes I have graphs to prove it! Consistently significantly better condition in watered mature black box compared to those relying on floods & rain. Published in the 2017 special edition of Trans Roy Soc SA in memory of Keith Walker. Cheers, Anne

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