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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - February 12, 2017

Jim's Tree hugging and tree hating Spot - NATIVE SYDNEY FLORA and Trees

Before we protect out iconic and start hugging them - we should check to see whether they are native or feral imports!

Joyce Kilmer. I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest. Against the earth's sweet flowing breast ... " parody by Ogden Nash - popular song of 60s "I talk to the trees that's why ....")


1 The SMH writer Michael Pascoe called it "the giant weed steadily taking over the nation's coast line, lording it over the native flora, dominating skylines". What was he referring to?
  Norfolk Island Pine
2 Which tree would you find growing naturally furthest NORTH in Australia - Port Jackson Fig? Quandong? Moreton Bay Fig?
  Port Jackson Fig
3 What iconic item did early settlers make from Livistona Australis, found growing abundantly in Sydney?
  • Many of our Sydney 'trademark trees' are NOT native, including Jacaranda, Norfolk Pine and many  European species like oaks poplars and elms.
  • Many trees that are part of the landscape are actually imported and are SERIOUS pests - including:
  • Willows originally from China and America.
  • the Tamarisk or Athel Pine from Africa and Asia which is so familiar in the outback watercourses.
  • the pepper tree, from South America which was found in EVERY schoolyard
  • in Western Australia even the Golden Wattle - our national flower!
  • The Golden Wattle was chosen as our national emblem because of its importance to the leather industry.
  • Ficus Macrophylla and Ficus Rubiginosa  are BOTH native to Sydney area.
  • most garden flowers are imports - although some are at least useful including hibiscus which are edible and help relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, help digestion, boost immune system, cure liver disease and reduce the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help healthy weight loss and nasturtium leaves have a high concentration of Vitamin C and are also a natural antibiotic. Eating a couple of the peppery leaves at the onset of a cold can stop it dead in its tracks. The gentle antibiotic reaction makes it ideal for treating minor colds and flu. Eat one to two leaves three times a day for full benefits.


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