'As I learn more about First Peoples’ plant knowledge, I'm also better understanding the broader Australian community's failure to recognise the depth and breadth of our expertise.'
Our medicine, cosmetics and other everyday products contain compounds taken from nature. But Traditional Owners may not have given permission for the materials or their knowledge to be used.
The plant takes its name from the colonial botanist Joseph Banks, but the coastal banksia's history goes way back to ancient times.
A restored prairie in southern Michigan.
Restoring former prairies that have been plowed under for farming delivers land, wildlife and climate benefits. But a new study finds that the weather plays a surprising role.
Australians are keen to help nature recover after a season of devastating bushfires.
By all means, rescue an injured koala. But by pulling out weeds after the fires, you could also help rescue a whole ecosystem.
The presence of mayflies and stone flies indicates clean water is nearby.
Mayflies and stone flies are extremely vulnerable to water pollution, which has implications for the larger food chain.
Bulbine lilies flowering and eucalypts resprouting after fire in the Victorian high country.
When ecosystems aren't able to repair themselves, it's up to us to intervene.
After gum trees are cut down, the koalas that lived in them must take a hike.
Huge gum tree plantations shelter big koala populations, but when the trees are cut down the koalas flood into nearby habitat.
The showy everlasting is being grown at Woodlupine Primary School.
Despite the optimistic name, the showy everlasting only has three wild populations in Australia. But a West Australian public school has stepped up to help grow vital new seeds.
The aftermath of a bushfire at Holsworthy, New South Wales.
A startling phenomenon occurs after a fire tears through a landscape. So what is it in bushfires that gives plants this kiss of life?
Waratah flowers stand out vividly in the bush.
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In an often-muted bush landscape, the deep crimson of the waratah stands out like a shout.
The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
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The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
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Albany pitcher plants are more closely related to cabbages and roses than any other carnivorous plant.
The whaterwheel plant can snap up its prey in milliseconds.
Waterwheel plants use snap up mosquito larvae, tiny fish and even tadpoles in freshwater wetlands around the world – including remote parts of north Australia.
White cedar grows across Asia and Australia, as a hardy and resilient deciduous.
In Australia you can have any tree you want, as long as it’s a eucalypt.
Eucalypts have been in Australia for 45 million years. But hundreds of species appeared more recently than previously thought.
What grows everywhere and looks good doing it? Clematis aristata.
Silver moss can survive almost total dehydration.
The moss that grows in pavement cracks and on the edge of basketball courts in every town and city in Australia has a secret superpower.
During its first few decades, this tree is the runt of the rainforest. And then it starts its growth spurt, and can go on to live for millennia.
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Firewood banksia don't just survive in Western Australia's sandy plains, they thrive, showing off with vibrant, pink-red flower spikes.