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Lagunaria patersonia subsp. patersonia at Merimbula, NSW - 3 Jan 2021
Lagunaria patersonia subsp. patersonia at Merimbula, NSW - 3 Jan 2021
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Lagunaria patersonia subsp. patersonia 3 Jan 2021 JackieMiles
Lagunaria patersonia subsp. patersonia 3 Jan 2021 Kyliegw

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Author's notes

Surprised to see this Pyramid Tree (Cow Itch) growing wild. Remember it from my childhood - not good memories!

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   3 Jan 2021
Good name, Cow Itch - I haven't heard it called that before. It is commonly planted in coastal towns because of its salt tolerance, and then it somehow gets out into swampy areas mostly. I don't know how, since the seeds don't look particularly enticing and the fibreglass-like stuff they are embedded in would be a definite turn-off for birds you'd think. But it's a fairly common weedy tree on the south coast.
Kyliegw wrote:
   4 Jan 2021
Thanks Jackie. There were Little Wattlebirds feeding in the tree and they didn't seem at all bothered by the seed heads. I picked up a seed head one day as a kid and got the needle like spines all across my palm. Swelled up red and hurt more than any wasp or bee sting since. Tweezers to get them all out! They used to use them as street trees in Wodonga Victoria until too many encounters with people/pets and then they were all removed!

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Samolus repens (Creeping Brookweed) at Merimbula, NSW - 2 Jan 2021 by Kyliegw
Lomandra longifolia (Spinyhead Matrush) at Merimbula, NSW - 2 Jan 2021 by Kyliegw
Acanthiza nana (Yellow Thornbill) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Sericornis frontalis (White-browed Scrubwren) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Persoonia linearis (Narrow-leaved Geebung) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Stellaria flaccida (Forest Starwort) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Solanum pseudocapsicum (Jerusalem Cherry or Madeira Cherry) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Senecio linearifolius (Fireweed Groundsel) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Lobelia anceps (Angled Lobelia) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Dec 2020 by Kyliegw
Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Apr 2018 by RossMannell
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Merimbula, NSW - 30 Apr 2018 by RossMannell
Cheiracanthium sp. (Sac Spider) at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Sep 2017 by lyndz
Oncopeltus sordidus (A Seed bug) at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Sep 2017 by lyndz
Myoporum acuminatum (Boobialla) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Sep 2017 by MaxCampbell
Poliocephalus poliocephalus (Hoary headed Grebe) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Sep 2017 by MaxCampbell
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Merimbula, NSW - 14 Sep 2017 by ibaird
Macropus giganteus (Eastern Grey Kangaroo) at Merimbula, NSW - 14 Sep 2017 by ibaird
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Merimbula, NSW - 12 Sep 2017 by ibaird
Poliocephalus poliocephalus (Hoary headed Grebe) at Merimbula, NSW - 21 Jul 2017 by LizAllen

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Non-local Native
  • Minor Weed or Pest

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  • 3 Abundance
  • 3 Jan 2021 07:30 AM Recorded on
  • Kyliegw Recorded by

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  • Greater than 5 metres Plant height
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