|Subtropical rainforest creek line on one of the Bunya Mountains walking tracks.|
|Bottle tree scrub, with Narow-leaved Bottletree Brachychiton rupestris.|
|Location of Bunya Mountains, 150km inland from the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland.|
|These signs face each other across a narrow road - obviously enough,|
the sign above is in the national park.
|Ancient emergent Bunya Pines; the dome-shaped canopy is diagnostic.|
They are restricted to a few areas of south-east Queensland, plus a couple of small
relic populations far to the north in the tropics.
|Bunya trunk; it has been claimed that the notches were cut by indigenous cone harvesters,|
but it seems that this must remain just a good story. Inter alia, I'm sure those scars would have grown over
well before now; perhaps they represent former limbs.
|The massive cone of the Bunya Pine (and a much younger bloke in a world where blogging|
hadn't been dreamt of!). It is not wise to linger under the pines when cones are ripe!
|The very distinctive erectly ragged crown of Hoop Pines.|
|Clearly these Hoop Pines are growing in rainforest, complete with massive Bird's Nest Fern epiphytes.|
|Hoop Pine trunk, with the 'hoops' for which it was named. |
Another significant difference from Bunya Pines is in the cones, which are tiny.
|Bunya Pine-dominated forest.|
|An opening in the forest, with tree ferns and rapidly growing Giant Stinging Trees,|
which specialise in colonising such clearings.
|A tangle of fallen lianas.|
|An old, knotted liana.|
|A bank of ferns and cordylines.|
|Broad-leaved Palm Lily Cordyline petiolaris, above and below.|
In the new lily taxonomy it is placed in the family Asparagaceae; it is found
throughout the near-coastal sub-tropics of Australia.
|Buttresses on Churnwood Citronella moorei, family Cardiopteridaceae.|
The Citronella was applied to a Chilean species; moorei for Charles Moore, NSW government botanist.
|Strangler Fig Ficus watkinsiana; for more on stranglers, see here, but essentially they kill their host not|
by strangulation but by shading them to death.
This one has a curious distribution in two isolated populations, one in northern New South Wales and south-east
Queensland, and one in tropical Queensland..
|Cyathea cooperi, a tree fern, found along the eastern coast.|
Unfortunately it has become an invasive weed in Hawaii and has invaded areas of southern Australia.
|Paradise Falls; maybe a bit of hyperbole, but they are very pleasant!|
|This magnificent specimen is at Burton's Well campground, at the start of the walk.|
|Avenue of grass trees along the track to the summit.|
|View from Mount Kiangarow, looking out over the park in the foreground and |
the heavily cleared rich agricultural land of the Darling Downs beyond.
|Two views of some of the balds; there are well over a hundred of them along the ridges of the range.|
|Carpet Python Morelia spilota, objecting at being asked not to lie on the road.|
This is a scan of a slightly faded old slide from an early visit.
|Red-necked Wallabies Macropus rufogriseus; along with some other animals they hang around|
the visitor areas, but I prefer to show you slightly wilder ones where possible!
|Brush Turkey Alectura lathami, another which has no problems making a living from visitors.|
A mound-builder, which incubates its eggs in a huge pile of managed compost.
|Male Superb Fairy-wren Malurus superbus. One of the most abundant and familiar birds in south-eastern Australia, but one more photo is never quite enough...|
|Female Paradise Riflebird Ptiloris paradiseus, one of three closely-related birds of paradise from |
eastern Australian rainforests. An awful photo (again a scan of an old slide) but a special bird.
|Topknot Pigeons Lopholaimus antarcticus, preening high in a Bunya Pine.|
This big strange-looking fruit pigeon has no close relatives.
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