Category Archives: recruitment

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 need to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … 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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Black box trees in glorious flower!

Black box trees flower mostly in summer, right? Wrong!! At least this year, for the first time since the start of monitoring black box in 2004, the majority of trees are in full glorious flower in winter! The working hypothesis … Continue reading

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

World Wetlands Day has been greeted with life-giving rains in South Australia, as ex-cyclone Stan sweeps across the countryside. The rainfall is a very special bonus for Murray Valley  wetlands. This will help keep young black box seedlings and saplings going, as … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – June & July 2015

Through the cold and windy months of June and July, the red gum in our street quietly sustained itself, allowing the bud and fruit crops to develop to maturity. However, there was a steady stream of small debris raining from … Continue reading

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Healthy spring growth in mid-north does not include red gum seedlings

In September 2015 the mid-north of South Australia is a sea of green and gold, with the intense green of lush grain crops interspersed with the brilliant yellow of canola and bordered by native golden wattles and senna bushes. Streams … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – February 2015

In late January and through February the river red gum in front of our house revealed a very welcome secret – it is carrying dual crops. The cycle of seed development usually lasts 2 years, from bud to seed fall, … Continue reading

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