Kurrajong Seed (Brachychiton populneus)
Native to eastern Australia, the Kurrajong or Bottletree bears large clusters of brown leathery pods which contain orange-yellow coloured seeds. The seeds are nutritious and high in protein, fat, oil and some minerals. Roasted and ground, they produce an dark, rich flour with a nutty flavour. The name Kurrajong comes from the Dharug language (Sydney, New South Wales) meaning "fishing line", as fishing lines and nets were made from the fibre of the Kurrajong bark.
Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) is the only Australian mammal restricted entirely to Victoria. It was not sighted for over fifty years and presumed to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1961. Less than a hand-span in length, Leadbeater’s Possums live in the forests not far from Melbourne. They sleep with their families in hollow trees during the day and run through the understorey at night, hunting for insects and sweet nectar. Leadbeater's Possum is the faunal emblem of Victoria, the species is currently endangered.
The Eucalyptus caesia, also known as Gungurru or Silver Princess
Eucalyptus - from Greek, eu, 'well' and calyptos, 'covered' referring to the cap which covers the developing flowers
caesia - from Latin, caesius, light grey, referring to the greyish appearance of the buds, fruit and stems.
Originating in Western Australia, the Eucalyptus caesia stands about 6-9 metres tall with a fine silver powder coating its branches. The branches tend to hang toward the ground, and it has vibrant red-pink or white flowers. These beautiful trees are now rare in the Australian bush.
I love Eucalypts, but this variety in particular I find to be arrestingly beautiful, they have a haunted quality to them. I can imagine them sitting silently as sun breaks and fog lifts. When I have a garden of my own I plan to have at least one.
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