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May 13th
Jonathon Pankhurst
‘Coastal Foredune Plants & Mycorrhizzal Fungi’

For my Honours research I have combined my love for the coast with my passion for biology, to explore the relationship between coastal plants and various species of root fungi collectively known as Mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi are essential for providing nutrients to plants, especially those growing in low nutrient soils.
Bitou bush is a highly invasive coastal weed and its presence may influence the relationships that native plants have with these fungi. The Val Williams Scholarship allows us to sample a greater area of the Illawarra coastline.
At the meeting, Jonathon will share the results of his interesting research.

Jonathon in amonst some coastal scrub.


Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

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May 2nd

Leaders: Jenny Talbot and Bev Robinson
Topic: Introduction to Fungi ’

A fungi growing on a banksia cone.

Back by popular demand, the presenters will once again share their own observations and enthusiasm for fungi identification and the myriad forms found at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Jenny and Bev will include an introduction to Fungi; fungi field recording; fungi of KWG; recording fungi sightings; Citizen Science and summarise useful online resources. On the walk through Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden we will seek out the fruiting bodies of fungi and hopefully gain some idea of the variety of their shapes and colours. Join with Bev and Jenny on this behind-the-scenes look into a different kingdom.

May 9th

Leader: David Chandler
Topic: Parts of the Plant - Fruit ’

An immature leaf which ired and very hairy

This topic will examine the fruits or seed cases of common native plants found in Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Through a hands-on approach we will classify the plants by their seed case type and identify them during a walk in the gardens. David is also a guide in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.




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Last up-dated 21st.April 2016

We are affiliated with Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd which is part of the national body the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) inc. (ANPSA).