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Urban Ecology with Citizen Scientists

15 enthusiasts of citizen science (out of ~8000 reached by Facebook Ad) came on 16 August 2015 to Anstey Keane Bush Forever Site (number 342) to participate in the open research on how disturbance affects soil quality and plant diversity. (more…)

On a verge of extinction

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lot of effort and arguments were put in place before proposed Keane Road extension was stopped and the remnant bush land was saved from the hands of the developers. It is obvious for ecologist and naturalists that we should not let any of this precious diversity be lost but on the other hand though I have captured today this ¨happy¨ couple checking their block where their future house will be built…

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It looks like there is not much time left until the urban areas squeeze onto the last natural jewels of The Anstey-Keane Dampland.

Road to Bush

Developers start from cutting the road through the last pieces of bushland (Keane Road above & Skeet Road below):

Skeet Road

..and quickly fill up the adjacent space with products that couples are willing to sign their life away to:

Future Suburb

As Marilyn points out the “Bush Forever” sign is already missing:

Sign missing

If you want to join in rediscovering your local bushland and help protecting the reminder of what it used to be a very bio-diverse ecosystem join us on the Wildflower Walk across Anstey-Keane.

 

Hibertia in a coat from Mama

Hibertia! You are just like us Young Humans. Each generation is so reluctant to leave a save seed coat provided by mama. Maybe now? No. Now? No.

It is among the top hard-to-germinate genera (Hidayati 2012). The coat is thick and woody. The seed has to undergo a process of growth inside the coat.  At some point it is so tight and cramped that it pops out and live on its own producing butter flowers. Many of them to see in Kings Park Botanic Park at this moment:

Reference: Hidayati, S., and J. Walck. 2012. Guinea flowers (Hibertia) and the complexities to germinate them.
For People & Plants (77):18-19.

Kings Park and Cosmos

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ings Park Botanic Park is much better equipped in ecological knowledge than the one below. It pulls me there every time I visit Perth CBD.  They also do science and publish interesting bits in their own journal:“For People & Plants”.

All hard-core Physicists agree that the cosmos is expanding. Presumably it was created from NOTHING and is growing into big NOTHING. It looks like life is a outcome of that motion between two nothings. Every electron spins around their protons, DNA is cut-up and replicated constantly, thoughts in our heads never stop running. There is no life without the motion.

The Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos) shows you the way to Kings Park Centre:Image

Hurry up! It is getting dark already.

Boronic point of view

B orons is needed for the growth of the pollen tube during flower pollination and is therefore important for good seed set and fruit development (factsheet).

I spent much time looking at the  recalcitrant plants and it is hard not to ask yourself a question: Why to produce such nice flowers if you stay infertile? I have not found any literature on native plants but there is a big pile of evidence for agricultural crops in respect to boron deficiency. It is a micronutrient much-needed in the process of seed production.

Add to it  the fact that Boron is easily leached from the sandy soil in region of high rainfall and we can be on the way to discover a way to make south-western plants “have sex” again.

Recalcitrant Plants (12)

Let us do it. I got a recalcitrant species priority list from Alcoa guys (most of the photos sourced from ALA.org.au):

1. Adenanthos barbiger (Proteaceae):

ADEN  means gland (in Greek) since it is hard not to notice its thick glandy nectaries

ANTHOS means flower. Not only Florian (derived from Latin) but also Anthony (derived from Greek) carry that hippie name.

BARBIGER  how come the Botanists tend to mix those languages so much? It comes from Latin Barba and it means a beard. It is about its hairiness. It may also recall Barbaros which in Greek again means a barbarian. Most of them were hairy and wild. I forgot its English name.

2. Agrostocrinum scabrum (Hemerocallidaceae):

AGROSTO -Eureka! Finally I know where the name  agriculture is from. AGROSTIS means simply a grass. Our Farm lands grow a lot of it.

KRINON- lily in Greek

SCABRUM – species names tend to derive from Latin. This one is about being scabrit (rough). Painfully beatifulus.

3. Clematis pubescens (Ranunculaceae) – it is a very popular geophyte in Alcoa’s nursery. It needs to develope good roots before going onsite. Picture from Alcoa Nursery:

CLEMATIS – stands for a brushwood.

PUBESCENS – is about its hairyness.

I would not be suprised if someone in the past made brooms out of its twigs.

4.Cyathochaeta avenacea (Cyperaceae):

CYATHOS (greek) – cup

CHAITE (greek) – long hair

AVENA – relates to oats as if it reminds them in some way. It is for sure a bowl/cup full of long stems/hairs.

5.Dampiera linearis (Goodeniaceae):

DAMPIER was the first English botanist who brought WA specimen to English herbarium

LINEARIS (Latin)- border. Does it apply to its wedge-shaped leaves I am not sure.

      DIANELLA – was the Roman Goddess of the hunt. I tend to believe that French botanist-explorer Philibert Commerson named it after his blue-eyed lover.

REVOLUTA -applies appearantly to its curly, in-rolled leaves.

BANKSIA- it uesd be called Dryandra for obvious reasons.

LINDLEYANA –  after another botanist who wanted to be remembered.

 

 

and as follows:

Hibbertia amplexicaulis
Hibbertia commutata
Hypolaena exsulca
Lechenaultia biloba
Lomandra species
Loxycarya cinerea
Pteridium esculentum
Scaevola calliptera
Tetraria capillaris
Tetraria octandra