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A GIFT FROM A BARREN LAND: AUSTRALIAN TREES

20 April 2020

In April, we’re traveling to Australia! Our chasing the tree content includes Waddy Wood, White Orchid, Gidgee, Snakewood Tree and Lancewood Tree.

Needle-Leaved Waddy Wood

April’s first tree is Waddy Wood, also known as Acacia Peuce in Latin. Endemic to Central Australia, this tree is also called as Aratara, Kurriyapiri and Arripar by various Aboriginal Australian peoples. Waddy Wood can grow up to 15-18m in height. It has short and horizontal branches, and leaves with needles which help the tree adapted to dry air.

Ornamental Plant: White Orchid

Known as Bauhinia Acuminata in Latin, White Orchid can be found in Australia. 2-3m in height, this tree has  white leaves which vary between 6 to 15 cm in width. White Orchid is grown as an ornamental plant in Tropical regions and is also used as a traditional medicine.

Complex but Beautiful: Gidgee

Known as Acacia Cambagei in Latin, Gidgee is endemic to Australia. Measuring 12m in height, this tree can form large forestlands. Gidgee has a dark, rough peel and has a knotty appearance. Besides from the intricate way it looks, it is also famously known for the not-so-pleasant smell it gives off.

After the Rain: Snakewood

Known as Acacia Xiphophylla in Latin, Snakewood Tree is endemic to Western Australia. Other names given to this tree by various Aboriginal Australian peoples include Marrawa, Puluru and Pukarti. Snakewood is a very bushy tree; measuring up to 7m in height and 8m in width. It blooms shortly after rainfall. The flowers can be picked between January-May and August-September.

Yellow Flowers: Lancewood Tree

Endemic to Australia, Lancewood Tree is also known as Acacia Shirleyi in Latin. Measuring 15m in height, it has dark grey/black peel and blue-grey leaves. Its yellow flowers bloom between March-July.

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