Tree Ferns - Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, NSW, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 33° 32.350 E 150° 25.352
56H E 260667 N 6285962
This Flora sign in a 'grove' of tree ferns, in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, at Mount Tomah.
Waymark Code: WMYKY5
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 06/26/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
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Tree ferns thrive in the moist soils and humid conditions of Mount Tomah, and are frequently seen by the modern day 'explorers' of the canyons of the Blue Mountains. From the specific abseiling ones of Raynon Brook and Claustral Canyon, to the 'swim-through' ones of Du Faurs and Wollangambe, tree ferns abound. This Flora sign also has photo showing a typical scene around Mount Tomah. The text reads:

Tree Ferns
"Mount Tomah was named Tree Fern Hill by the botanical explorer George Caley (1770-1829), who was the first European to visit the area. 'Tomah' reputedly means tree fern in the language of the Darug Aboriginal people whose tribal lands included this area.

"There are two species of tree fern that occur on Mount Tomah. Both species are planted around the Visitor Centre. Cyathea australia (black or rough tree fern) is found o higher slopes. Frond bases are covered with dark, shiny scales. The local Aboriginal people used the stems of young fronds to make a tonic to use after illness.

"Dicksonia antarctica (brown or soft tree fern) is found in sheltered gullies. Frond bases are covered with coarse, red-brown hairs. The pith from the centre of the truck was eaten by Aboriginal people.

"Their roots are very close to the surface and do not spread far from the main trunk. When growing tree-ferns, use of a good quality organic mulch - along with an organic fertiliser and well rotted animal manure - will keep the soil moist and provide nutrients to ensure healthy and vigorous growth."

Visited: 1118, Thursday, 8 February, 2018

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