Category Archives: black box

Green & gold springtime in the Murray River Valley

Springtime this year in the Riverland in the South Australian Murray River Valley is green and gold, with fresh green groundcover plants and shrubs across the floodplains and golden cassia bushes lining the roads. This is the strongest flowering season … Continue reading

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Where have all the flowers gone?

When trying to decide how best to apply environmental water to River Murray floodplains, knowing when the dominant eucalypts flowered sets the time when ripe seeds will fall from the trees (12 months after flowering). Therefore, watering at that time … Continue reading

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The black box sapling that didn’t get the email!

For the drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant species black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens), normally found at higher elevations and outer edges of Murray-Darling floodplains, the accepted wisdom is that young trees┬áneed to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … Continue reading

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New life on Murray floodplains

Six weeks on from the recent flood in the South Australian Murray Valley, floodplains and wetlands are in the best condition seen since the floods of 1990-93. The dominant response is vibrant, vigorous growth of groundcovers, shrubs and trees. A … Continue reading

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After the Flood . . .

The health of the River Murray valley in South Australia is showing dramatic improvement following a very useful seasonal flood in spring-summer 2016. The flow event peaked at 94,865 ML/d at the South Australian border on 30 November 2016 and … Continue reading

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