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PotteryWalrus

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I just spoke to my friend via Facebook, I have not actually seen him for 30 years, he lives in Perth and said there are hundreds on staghorns all over the place.
The one he has lives in a tree in his back garden and (jokingly) said it actually eats banana skins in a few days !
Apparently in the summer and just after rain, if he puts a skin on it, it will be covered over by new growth and literally disappears in a day or so!
Waiting for a photo......
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This post actually made me remember something about my childhood in Sydney - my next door neighbours had a massive staghorn hanging on their back porch and they would indeed feed it banana skins - you could watch the damn things vanish over a few days just like the plant was sucking them into the root/rhizome thing there at the base!
 

foxfish

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Ok I have an ID one for you ... what is this plant?
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foxfish

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It must of come as a seed in a bag of New Zealand sphagnum moss that I bought from Amazon during the lock down. I normally buy my moss from B&Q and I am sure it is treated to avoid introducing non native plants but obviously not the one from Amazon! I use the moss in my bonsai soil mix.
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
It must of come as a seed in a bag of New Zealand sphagnum moss that I bought from Amazon during the lock down.
It comes up really freely from seed and is found in New Zealand (and Australia). It grew by the lake in Rotorua.

Years ago I picked up an interesting "weed seedling" from the Cotswold Wildlife Park and it turned out to be this, I've also seen it at the landfill since and there are often stray seedlings in the glasshouse. It isn't very long-lived.

cheers Darrel
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
Back from the cemetery with a few phone pics....
I don't know what the first tree is, the one with the lovely dark green leaf.

Not quite on the same scale, but this is the gravel garden (from last week):

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Dierama spp. and Abutilon megapoticum.
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and a real "value for money one" Gaura lindheimeri, it flowers and flowers and flowers. I've got a shorter pink one as well, but I like the tall white one.
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cheers Darrel
 

foxfish

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Well done, I only know the names because I went on a guided walk with “The Men of The Trees’ and that was 30 years ago but I think I remember most of the main specimens.
Most of the mature tree were planted in the mid 1800s when the cemetery opened for business.
There are many dignitaries and war hero’s buried there with some very gothic tomes and headstones !
We have a public library that has a lot of information and stored records of all the islands public building
I believe there is a record of the ordinal plans and planting as I remember our guid telling us it was possible to view the blueprints.
 
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