One of the most spectacular trees in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is also the oldest of its kind in this region of the world. The Gardens cork oak Quercus suber is truly of international heritage value, and without doubt the best of its kind in Australia. This tree was planted more than 150 years […]
Images and story by Mark Fountain
Mark Fountain is a denizen of Tasmania (the large island below Australia). When Mark first wrote this article in 2000 he was Horticultural operations manager at the the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, in 2016 he is now the Deputy Director of the Gardens.
Mark has had a major involvement in the development […]
The Macquarie Cushion
Azorella macquariensis (Macquarie Cushion)is one of only four plants endemic to Macquarie Island. It is the dominant species of the feldmark, a plant community on the plateau uplands comprising of dwarf flowering plants, mosses, lichens, liverworts, interspersed with patches of bare ground. The feldmark covers 45% of the Island and A. macquariensis is considered to be […]