Prehistoric Pandani forest

(14 photos, Part 4) – Let the adventure continue, in a land far far away, in a time seemingly long forgotten ….

Skink
Or perhaps Dangerous Dinosaur!
Swamp … with Dinosaurs.
More slinky skinky Dinosaurs!!
Dinosaur poo – it’s square, just like wambat poo!

Wombats sh!t square bricks, it is how the mark their territory and let other wombats know they are around. By being square, it is less likely to roll away so it can sit proudly and prominently on display. We didn’t see any wombats 😦

Fruits of ancient times.
Welcome to the Pandani Forest – or “grove”.
The Pandani here are weird, amazing and seemingly very old!
A remarkable ecosystem near Lake Dobson, like no other!
An old Pandani grows horizontal over the track!
Pandani beside Lake Dobson, and a tree that’s given up.
Lake Dobson, a return to the start of our journey.

I hope you enjoyed this series of posts, just a taste of what the diverse Mt Field National Park has to offer. I’m hoping to get back there around the end of April if I get a chance, for a walk around tarn bluff when Tasmania’s only endemic deciduous tree turns on it’s autumn colour. Thanks for visiting 😀

12 thoughts on “Prehistoric Pandani forest

    1. Thanks John, Pandani only grow in Tasmania and are the tallest growing heath – up to 39 feet – pretty special! There’s some on the mountain behind where I live too, but not like this grove.

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    1. Thanks Morgaine, I thought dinosaurs might get your tail wagging 😉 I’m still fascinated by this weird little island off Australia, it never gets boring!

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      1. 😀 I had forgotten the name of the super continent; I was thinking along those lines as to why there are so many extremely unusual plants and animals in Tasmania. Thank you so much for the new adventures I’ve been taking through your photos!

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      2. Thanks for your encouraging comments and ongoing support, I really appreciate it! I love to learn new things about where I live as well as constantly pushing to improve my photography skills. Time is my biggest limiter to sharing and networking more, work often gets in the way 😦 .Maybe one day this blog can pay my bills … lol.

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    1. Your question sent me down a deep interwebs rabbit-hole trying to find out! I fond this about a closely related plant, so likely applies: “The large flower heads are full of nectar, you just have to remove the ‘gum nut like’ cap cap from each one and suck out the nectar. “
      I also found out Pandani are endemic to Tasmania and are the tallest growing heath (12 metres) on the planet!
      From Wikipedia: “Richea pandanifolia is endemic to Tasmania, as are nine of the 11 species in the genus Richea.

      Two theories may explain the diversity of Richea species in Tasmania. One proposes that the diversity in endemic Tasmanian Richea species could be due to them being the relics of Gondwanan fragmentation. The other theory proposes that the diversity is the result of speciation subsequent to the breaking up of Gondwana.[6] This unusual display of endemism can be explained in part as Richea is a genus of Gondwanan origin. Since the break-up of Gondwana, mainland Australia has become inhospitable for many Gondwanan species and Tasmania has become a refuge for many genera that used to thrive on the supercontinent.”
      Thanks for helping me learn something new 😀

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