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Conospermum and Synaphea
(from August 2009)

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Conospermums are often thought of as "smoke bushes". But they are in fact very diverse.
Conospermum huegellii


Their "sister" genus Synaphea, with its bright yellow flowers is more easily recognised.

Synaphea spinulosa

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Canker and Flower Gums
(From November 2009)

A fugus disease is attacking the stems of the brightly flowered Eucalyptus ficifolia.

E ficifolia blossom

Many trees have died. Hybrids between E ficifolia and E calopylla are often resistant. The comercial hybrid sold as the "Summer" series (Summer Red etc.) has not been observed to be affected but most trees are not yet old enough for an adequate test.

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Morangup Reserve.
(from August 2009)

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This reserve, 14 km past Gidgegannup on the road to Toodyay, deserves to be better known. A highlight is display of blue Leschenaultia in spring.

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Karrikins
(From November 2009)

"Karrikin" is the name coined to describe the chemical in smoke that triggers seed germination. This article summarises recent progress in finding how they work.

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Cycads

(From February 2010)

Cycads are often regarded as primitive plants. But they anticipated modern plants in having nitrogen fixation by cooperation with microorganisms, using insects for pollination, and using animals to disperse seeds.

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Macrozamia seeds

Seeds of Macrozamia have been nibbled by some animal.