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Dateline: April 2016

As the rainforest grows up, the invertebrate population at CCRRS is changing.Whereas our commonest butterfly used to be the ubiquitous Wanderer, in America the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), as we have eliminated its larval foodplants (Gomphocarpus spp. and Asclepias curassavica) it no longer breeds at CCRRS. In 2011 we planted a dozen or so Pararistolochia praevenosa vines, which thrived; when they produced fruits we planted more. This year the forest edges were a-flutter with the rare Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Richmondia ornithoptera), which is definitely back again, for keeps, we hope.

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Dateline: 2 June 2014

The vegetation survey of the upper part of the property having been completed and report compiled, we have pleasure in presenting the table of the numbers of rare species recorded.

Species

Total

Common Name

Acacia orites

1

Mountain Wattle

Acronychia baeuerlenii

43

Byron Bay Acronychia

Actephila grandifolia

18

No common name

Archidendron muellerianum

3

Veiny Laceflower

Ardisia bakeri

82

No common name

Argophyllum nullumense

10

Silver Leaf

Assa darlingtonii

1

Pouched Frog

Basistoa transversa (selwynii)

157

Yellow Satinheart or

Three-leaved Bosistoa

Carronia multisepalea

51

No common name

Citrus australasica

2

Finger Lime

Cupaniopsis newmanii

39

Long-leaved Tuckeroo

Endiandra hayesii

14

Rusty Rose Walnut or

Velvet laurel

Floydia praealta

1

Big Nut or Bull Nut or Ball Nut or Possum Nut int. al.

Fontainea australis

110

Southern Fontainea

Helicia ferruginea

5

Hairy Honeysuckle or

Rusty Oak

Lastreopsis smithiana

1

Smooth Shield Fern

Macadamia tetraphylla

87

Rough-shelled Macadamia

Rough-shelled Queensland Nut

Rough-leaved Queensland Nut

Rough-shelled Bush Nut Queensland Nut

Poppel Nut int. al.

Menura alberti

1

Albert’s Lyrebird

Mischocarpus ailae

27

Woolly Bush Apple

Ochrosia moorei

5

Southern Ochrosia

Palmeria foremanii

1

No common name

Phaleria chermsideana

1

Scrub Daphne

Phyllodes imperialis smythersii

5

Pink Underwing Moth

Ptiloris paradiseus

1

Paradise Riflebird

Rhodamnia maideniana

25

Smooth Scrub Turpentine

Streptothamnus moorei

6

No common name

Tapeinosperma repandulum

13

No common name

 

 

Total

710

 

 

 

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Dateline: 13 June 2013

After a turbulent time in press, the Foundress’s book White Beech will be published in the US and UK at the beginning of 2014. Advance copies will be available in Australia from the beginning of November. She is planning a special and possibly rather arduous promotion tour of neglected rural centres. Seeya!

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Dateline: 28th November 2011

Lui Weber reports: The Forests of Eastern Australia is now the 35th global biodiversity hotspot! With over 8000 vascular plant species and more than 2000 endemic to the hotspot the area easily meets the 1500 endemic species criteria for a global biodiversity hotspot. And with 77% of natural vegetation cleared or modified it sadly also meets the 70% clearing criteria for a global biodiversity hotspot.
I am not sure why this is not bigger news. Only a minor blog website is reporting it: Forests of Eastern Australia are the World’s Newest Biodiversity Hotspots
The book where the paper is published is here: Biodiversity Hotspots

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Dateline: 23rd June 2011

The toughened leaves of the subtropical rainforest canopy protect the understorey from all extremes of temperature. Once the forest is cleared frost is a regular visitor, for as many as nine nights a year, usually in July. This year the frost arrived at Cave Creek early, on 23 June. Frost tends to slide down steep slopes and pool against the forest edge. It will damage and even kill young trees in new plantings. This is one reason for giving seedling trees plenty of time to harden off before they are planted out.

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Dateline: 31st May 2011

Container-grown trees are ready and available free of charge to anyone trying to rehabilitate Complex Notophyll Vine Forest or similar within 20 km radius of Natural Bridge (south-east Queensland). Please go here for a list of available trees. If you’re interested, simply email ccrrs@bigpond.com

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Dateline: 23rd May 2011

The Foundress of CCRRS has had an article she wrote on the floods of December 2010 selected for inclusion in “The Best Australian Science Writing 2011” to be published by the University of NSW Press. See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/15/australian-floods-queensland-germaine-greer

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Dateline: 21st March 2011

After five months of waiting for its fruit to ripen, during which time it had to be protected from all the forest animals who longed to eat it, we succeeded in collecting mature seed of the small Bolwarra, Eupomatia bennettii. We have now potted on no fewer than eighty seedlings. The genus, the only one in the family of Eupomatiaceae, consists of four species. One grows only in New Guinea, another only in the Daintree. E. bennettii is much smaller than the better known shrub E. laurina; it consists of a single stalk with a single remarkable terminal flower, with fleshy staminodes that exude a musky scent and a sticky substance that attracts their pollinator, a small brown weevil called Elleschodes hamiltonii. Similar fossils dating from the Cretaceous have been found in America.

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