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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Magnificent Turpentine Tree

Alan and I went into the Barrengarry Nature Reserve last week, looking for Chiloglottis plants.
But I could not resist posing beside the trunk of this magnificent old Turpentine Tree (Syncarpia glomulifera)
How old is this mighty tree?
(Photo: Alan Stephenson)
   I jokingly said I needed to hold my tummy in, but as you can see, that did not work.
Me posing with this huge Turpentine Tree trunk.
(Photo: Alan Stephenson)
Here are some photos of the small ground Orchids from the forest floor.
Chiloglottis reflexa, the so-called "Short-clubbed Wasp Orchid"
These Orchids get their name from their relationship with Wasps
which assist in pollination
through a complex process of scent production to dupe the wasps
into believing the flower is actually a female wasp.
Chiloglottis reflexa - side view
 You can see this nicely formed "pseudo-insect"
or gland, or "osmophore"
on the labellum.
Chiloglottis reflexa

osmophore: a scent-producing gland.




6 comments:

Le Loup said...

I love trees, I live in a forest.
Keith.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
Any chance of turning word recognition off on your comments please? They really are a pain!

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Keith
I'm glad you like trees too.
Re Word recognition - I am not asked if I want it. I don't enjoy them either.
It seems to be part of the Blogger system. turn it off.

But I shall look into whether or not I can
Cheers
Denis

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Keith
I'm glad you like trees too.

Re Word recognition - I am not asked if I want it. I don't enjoy them either.
It seems to be part of the Blogger system.

But I shall look into whether or not I can turn it off.
Cheers
Denis

Denis Wilson said...

Comment "word verification" has now been deactivated, as a trial, Keith.
.
If I start getting spammed I might have to re-activate it.
We shall see.
Cheers
Denis

Anonymous said...

there is an even fatter Tupie behind Ulladulla Primary School I played under growing up

Denis Wilson said...

Careful with the adjective "fatter".
.
I wonder who I know who grew up in and around Ulladulla?
I am guessing - starts with a K?
:-))
Cheers
Denis
PS. Unlike the Big Blotchy down Ulladulla way, I did not claim it was the biggest. Just "Magnificent" and "Huge".
Cheers
Denis