Category Archives: Tasmanian plants

The Knights among giant trees

It has been some time since I last visited Tasmania, but the memory of meeting giants (trees) there remain fresh in my memory. To put it more accurately, emblazoned into my psyche. Among the giants one could meet in Tasmania, … Continue reading

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Towers built on turd – the Tayloria mosses

The human-made structures that we know as towers must have been inspired by mosses. Or maybe humans drew the idea for the design of towers from the superconscious, where the form of moss capsules are imprinted on the fabric of … Continue reading

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The metamorphosis of plants – a living example

What is a flower actually? How do they develop? The subject of plant developmental is a very vibrant field of study, and in our modern age, scientists are using advanced molecular techniques and model species to pry into the secrets … Continue reading

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Back to threads – the moss that is returning to an algae-like existence

Algae needs water to reproduce, and anyone who has seen a pond or kept a fishtank has knows of the green thread-like algae that grows of submerged rock or wood surfaces. So one of the major advances of mosses over … Continue reading

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Stalking the stalkless – discovering Acaulon

Few moments in moss hunting are as exciting as finding an ephemeral species. One such moment was years ago when I stumbled upon Acaulon (Acaulon integrifoium in this case) on a small exposed soil patch in a peri-urban park in Tasmania. … Continue reading

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Giants that return to the rain forest

Beyond the science of giants The world knows well enough of great trees like coastal redwoods, giant sequoias and douglas firs, and indeed, these trees of the Pacific Northwest are undoubtedly the grandest of trees alive. But much less people … Continue reading

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A film to remember – the bordered filmy fern, Hymenophyllum marginatum

Botanists like myself delight in simple pleasures, and seeing a plant that I have been wanting to see for quite a long time is one such simple pleasure. Tasmania has 8 species of filmy ferns, and 6 of these hail … Continue reading

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