Tree at Maldon

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Tree at Maldon

Post by Stephen Whiteside » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:59 am

Does anybody know what tree this is? I found it at Maldon in central Victoria, but it looks like it belongs a lot way further north. (Wodonga, perhaps?)
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Post by Heather » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:51 am

It might be a Bunya Pine, Stephen. Do a google and see if that fits the picture.

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Post by Stephen Whiteside » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:19 am

Yes, you could be right - though I reckon my picture's better than any of the ones Google throws up.
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Re: Tree at Maldon

Post by Dave Smith » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:44 pm

Goodonya Heather and did you know that the Bunya pine is related to the Wollemi pine
that has fossilised remains 2 million years old?

Yes Stephen you photo is steets ahead of Google.

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Post by Stephen Whiteside » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:45 pm

Thanks, Dave.
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Post by Mal McLean » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:52 pm

Looks like a Bunya to me. Maybe a bit squat though. The Bunya Pines I know seem to have a very distinctive tommyhawk head and this one certainly does. Once, the bunya forest covered the while of the east coast but as the climate changed over millenia it was reduced to a few pockets mostly in the South Burnett region. Never the less, I have seen solitary bunyas in the most surprising places.

The indigeoneous tribes would travel great distances to attend the annual feasting on the bunya nuts and the occasion was one for trade and social interchange between the various groups.

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Post by Vic Jefferies » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:34 pm

Don't walk under a Bunya pine!

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Post by Maureen K Clifford » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:37 pm

The Nudgee College at Virginia near Brisbane used to have huge Bunya Pines around the perimeter of the playing field - my ex carted them away after they were removed (for fear of hard nuts falling on soft heads) Their timber is beautiful.
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