Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Untangling Mysteries of Climbing Plants

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Untangling Mysteries of Climbing Plants

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LOCAL botanist Ernie Rider was welcomed back to the March meeting of the Gympie and District Field Naturalists Club to give members more help with native plant identification a this time, climbing plants.

Using cuttings of a variety of vines, Mr Rider showed the different ways vines can twine using bark types, spines, prickles and leaf arrangements.

The identification book Rainforest Climbing Plants was used to demonstrate how to key out a number of specimens for identification. The book Mangroves to Mountains was also useful.

Mr Rider said vines could be some of the oldest plants in the forest a some 200 years old.

Some attractive flowering species are found in many gardens and others have edible fruit or new stalks.

Introduced species like corky passionfruit, Maderia vine and cat's claw are a problem in our area.

A field trip to Marilyn Connell's property at Gootchie gave members an interesting walk through a variety of vegetation, with many flowering plants and insects and spiders making the most of new growth after the rain. …

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