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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Vale Anders Bofeldt - rare plant specialist - Illawarra

A memorial tree planting service was to be held in Wollongong this morning, to honour the life of Anders Bofeldt - a legend amongst the native plant enthusiasts of the Illawarra Region. 

Unfortunately I never met the man, but I have heard much about him - from the founding members of the Robertson Environment Protection Society (REPS)

Anders assisted them with plant surveys of the Cool Temperate Rainforest which makes up what is left of the Yarrawa Brush. Although the locals did an enormous amount of researching, physical searching, writing and illustrating to produce that booklet, Anders' authoritative knowledge underpinned the scientific accuracy of the book which became "The Guide to the Yarrawa Brush". It was published by REPS, and is now available on the web.

Anders worked as a botanist at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. He was a contributer to the Illawarra  Biodiversity Strategy. He also contributed to many Species profiles on the Threatened Species of NSW Plants. He prepared the species list for Bellambi Lagoon

This is the cached version of the Funeral notice published by H. Parsons Funeral Directors.
"Taken from us suddenly on June 30, 2011 of Balgownie.  Beloved son of Birgite and the late Leif.  Loved brother & brother-in-law of John and Kim.   Loved uncle of Amielle, Jaylen.  Loving partner of Natalie. Anders will be sadly missed by his loving family and many dear friends here, in Sweden and  New Zealand.
Aged 46 Years.
Anders is now at peace and Forever in our Hearts.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Anders funeral service to be held in the chapel, Parsons Funeral Home, 34 Belmore St Wollongong on Tuesday at 10:00am.   In lieu of flowers donations to Rainforest Rescue Daintree buy- back would be appreciated."

Apparently the ceremony this morning was to include a planting of a "White Beech" Gmelina leichhardtii one of Anders' favourite rare native trees of the Illawarra region. 

Thanks to Nick Rheinberger for broadcasting an interview about Anders this morning on ABC Local Radio 97.3.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Introduced Fungi in Robertson

Robertson is a moist-climate zone on the top of the coastal escarpment, behind the Illawarra Region (35 KM south-west from Wollongong, and 100Km south of Sydney). It is an area of rich red basalt soil. See my early blog posting: "Where the hell is Robertson?"

The early settler's (God bless their ignorant souls) did what early British farmers did elsewhere in Australia, and cleared the "scrub". In this case they cleared the dense cool temperate rainforest known as the "Yarrawa Brush" - a combination of tall trees, growing together very densely, with vines and Tree Ferns, and then ground dwelling low ferns.
Below the rainforest lies the answer to why the settlers wished to clear the rainforest - rich red basalt soil. Here is my daughter, Zoe, celebrating a big day of planting. Note the rich red soil.Having cleared the native forests, (in the 1860s) the settlers discovered the need for windbreaks, and they planted the Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata).

In the process they created a wonderful environment for the various introduced fungi which thrive in association with these Pine Trees.

And that is the subject of this blog entry.

The Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) is the most common "Pine Toadstool" in Robertson, in Autumn. I have written about these previously. Local kids go around kicking the heads off these fungi. I have a plate of these, preparing them for dissection, NOT FOR EATING (I stress).
These were being prepared for dissection for educational purposes, to compare the structure of boletes against gilled fungi.
Amanita Muscaria (young specimen) cut in half,
to reveal the cap structure, and the gills.
Note how the bright red colour penetrates into the cap.
The Boletus edulis shows the pores (not gills) underneath. It has a smooth, sticky brown cap on the top. Slugs, snails and small animals routinely eat the top of these caps.When the bolete is dissected, it reveals that the sponge-like structure actually is not a random series of holes, as in a marine "sponge", or even the domestic plastic washing-up device of the same name, but rather the pores are the external tip of very long narrow tubes. In cross-section you can clearly see these long tubes, almost resembling the structure of a gilled fungus (except when viewed from underneath). Below is the less common Lactarius deliciosus the "Saffron Milk Cap" or "Red Pine Mushroom". I have a local friend of Russian origin who delights in cooking these, although I have the typical Australian suspicion of anything other than a bought mushroom (when it comes to eating them).I love the bright saffron colour of these mushrooms, which is immediately obvious if one breaks even a small section of the gills, or cap. It is really obvious when the entire cup is dissected.