Sunday, 31 January 2016

Tropical rainforest section of Mount Coot-tha

Mount Coot-tha Botanic gardens is a must see attraction for Nature lovers and plant enthusiast. There is a vast collection of Cacti and an extensive collection of Aloe vera types, tropical plant in a done, ferns, in situ native plants and tropical scapes and more. I have often visited the gardens and most of the time wonder around the aloe collection because I enjoy visiting the tropical dome as it reminds me of the plants that are commonly grown in Singapore. Last year, a new extension area was built with a kids playground over looking another water pond. The kids love the playground and I get to hang out with the beloved plants.
Do you see the little bees?
This visit was special. I met up with a German friend who also love plants to go for a wander together. This was the perfect time to explore the densely planted section of the Exotic Rainforest section and the conservation zone. It was a cloudy day and the humidity was high. Quite similar to that of Singapore with a threat of a thunder storm. We walked into the dense 'jungle' with no clue of where we were heading. I like to be pleasantly surprised by the landscape. A native beehive greeted us soon after we entered through the visitors center entrance. The are stingless native bees that are not honey producers but play an important part in plant pollination.

The walk was at a comfortable pace with gradual slopes and dips. What captured us was the waterfall scapes that were within this section. Pictures speaks a thousand words.....

We kept walking uphill and wanted to view some native plants. However when we consulted google maps, it was a longer walk than expected so we back tracked to the National Freedom Wall. This wall pays tribute to those who gave their lives for peace in Australia. It was a solemn place to visit to see the dedications from schools and organization as well as the names of the service men who layed down their lives for this country.

As we exploration continues we stumbled into cluster of bats hanging up a tree branch. They looked very real from a distance but upon closer examination. They were holding musical instruments shaped like a leaf. I was puzzled what the artist was trying to show case. Bats make music to catch their prey? The saying goes  "As Blind as a Bat"....not deaf...hmmm?!

As the wander continued, I finally arrived at a location which I have noticed from a distance each time I drive the Western Freeway. What was this tower that stuck out like a sore thumb like up close. There were no information about what this tower was for. It was made from solid concrete lined with these patterns made from metal.  My German friend said it was the ventilation chute for the legacy way tunnel.

The plants from these sections didn't catch my attention  during the exploration except for the following:

Varigated leaf burgmansia which was a first for me
Heliconia chriswick ( I love large bright red varieties, so majestic and hot)

Salvia unknown which has a spicy aroma. Im sure it can be used in cooking.
Do feel free to comment about my post and greatly appreciate if anyone can ID the Salvia for me.

More pics here

Read about the Japanese and Bonsai Garden here

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