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Water for the E. deanei

After seeing the parched state of the forest during the August bushcare session, Mike, Richard and John met up to provide water to the deanei plantings on the south side. These trees were actually doing quite well and most looked healthy.


A quick tour of the area also noted much evidence of diggings and “highways” in the grassy banks, perhaps from bush rats and antechinus (to be confirmed).

August Bushcare

The dry state of the forest was very obvious this month, with many of the younger deanei plantings suffering near the Eucalypt Rd entrance.

The bushcare group focused on trad removal and happily filled up several bags.


July Bushcare – return to the gully

The E. deanei planted in June were showing evidence of being nibbled, probably by the resident swamp wallaby.

The wire defences around the trees were strengthened to prevent further munching and to give them the best chance to establish themselves.

We also did weeding along the gully slope, with Morning Glory and Mickey Mouse among the main types cleared.

June Bushcare – planting E. deanei

A couple of larger E. deanei seedlings were planted by the pool in the western gully.

This view from the planting site shows the “embankment” wall.

Thanks to Glen for nurturing the young trees to planting stage. Hopefully they’ll grow to be as big as this nearby beauty

An examination of the dry upper pool showed evidence of digging and tunneling from local creatures.

With some interesting burrowing among the boulders.

Some quality resources

1. Bush Tracker Guides

2. Blue Mountains Fauna Project

3. Bushcare information

Resource links provided by Mike Purtell

Our Indigophera australis in full bloom

more E. deanei planting

A big thank you to the Blue Mountains Regeneration Team for their great work in preparing planting holes for our March Bushcare day. With the ground work so skillfully prepared, the bushcare team planted out over twenty E. deanei seedlings.

Thank you to Glen Perry and Mike Purcell for propagating and nurturing our ‘deanei babies’.

… a short photo session before we broke for morning tea …     

exploring the Deanei ‘off-track’

During the last week of January, John, Mike and Richard, members of the Deanei Forest bushcare team, explored the Deanei Reserve ‘offtrack’. We discovered a rich and beautiful environment with some interesting links to Springwood’s bygone days.

A great place to explore

A surprise find … an elkhorn fernPlatycerium bifurcatum

A swamp wallabyWallabia bicolor kept us company during the morning

In the lower parts of the Deanei Reserve, there is an old road leading to the headwaters of Fitzgeralds Creek.

E. deanei taxonomy

Taxonomy of ‘living things’ has evolved over many years. Many systems have evolved. Taxonomy involves keen observation / comparison / correlation …. of ‘living things’ to provide an orderly, systematic, scientific classification.

In more recent times DNA barcoding has been employed to confirm or revise certain classifications.

Our E. deanei taxonomy (as described in Plantnet)

Source; Plantnet,

Common Name ... Mountain blue gum, Deane’s gum, Round-leafed gum

Size of plant ... E. deanei is a forest giant, a tall straight tree to 60 metres

Form ... Tall straight trunk with an open branched habit forming an open canopy, graceful.

Details of occurrence or origin … deanei is a dominant plant in its community and is now found in small isolated pockets in central-eastern NSW and south-eastern QLD. In NSW occasionally on north coast and some in the Mooney-Mooney creek on the central coast, [under the Mooney-Mooney Bridge]. And also good numbers grow on the shale cap around Springwood and in the Jamieson valley. Has been found east of Tenterfield, an assumption being this tree was once widespread but because of its size was heavily milled. Now is considered rare but not endangered.

E. brunnea is a species of eucalyptus tree found in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Lawrie Johnson and Ken Hill reclassified the New England population as a separate species, E. brunnea, but the consensus is that the differences are insufficient to warrant separate status. (Source: Wikipedia)

Initial information provided by Monica Nugent

Gang of Red-browed FinchNeochmia temporalis

Deanei Forest – Angiosperms Monocotyledons

Angiosperms Monocotyledons

Bibliography Key

  •  A – Plan of Management Deanei Forest  – Roger Lembit – May-95
FamilyGenus / SpeciesCommon nameBibliography
Araceae    Monstera deliciosa       Fruit Salad Piant      A,  Weed
CyperaceaeCyperus imbecilisundefined  A
CyperaceaeLepidosperma urophorumundefined  A
HemerocallidoideaeDianella caeruleaParoo Lily  A
HemerocallidoideaeDianella revolutaSpreading Flax Lily   A
HemerocallidoideaeStypandra glaucaNodding Blue Lily   A
JuncaceaeJuncus usitatusCommon Rush  A
Liliaceae    Lilium formesanum       Formosa Lily      A,  Weed
Lomandra gracilis
Lomandra longifolia
Spiny-Headed Mat-Rush
Lomandra obliqua

Twisted Mat Rush  A
OrchidaceaeAcianthus fornicatusPixie Caps  A
OrchidaceaeCaladenia catenataundefined  A
OrchidaceaeChiloglottis sp.
OrchidaceaeCryptostylis erectaBonnet Orchid  A
OrchidaceaeCymbidium suaveSnake Flower  A
OrchidaceaeCyptostylis lepochila
OrchidaceaeCaladenia catenataundefined  A
OrchidaceaeLiparis reflexaYellow Rock, Orchid  A
OrchidaceaePterostylis sp.
Greenhood Orchid
PhilesiaceaeEustrephus latifoliusWombat Berry  A
Poaceae    Arundo donax       Giant Reed      A,  Weed
Poaceae    Avena fatua       Wild Oats      A,  Weed
Poaceae    Bambusa sp.       Bamboo      A,  Weed
PoaceaeCymbopogon refractus
Barbwire Grass
Poaceae    Cyoodon dactylon       Couch Grass      A,  Weed
PoaceaeDigitaria parviflora
Smallflower Finger Grass
PoaceaeEchinopogon caespitosus
Tufted Hedgehog Grass
PoaceaeEchinopogon ovatus
Forest Hedgehog Grass
Poaceae    Ehrharta erecta       Panic Veldtgrass      A,  Weed
PoaceaeEntolasia marginata
Border Panic
PoaceaeEragrostis sp.
Love Grass
PoaceaeMicrolaena stipoidesWeeping Meadow Grass
PoaceaeOplismenus imbecillisundefined
PoaceaePanicum simile
Two Colour Panic
Poaceae    Paspaium dilatatum       Paspalum      A,  Weed
Poaceae    Pennisetum clandestinum       Kikuyu      A,  Weed
Poaceae    Setaria geniculata       Slender Pigeon Grass      A,  Weed
Poaceae    Setaria palmifolia       Palm Grass      A,  Weed
Poaceae    Sporobolus africanus       Parramatta Grass      A,  Weed
PoaceaeThemeda triandraKangaroo Grass
SmilacaceaeSmilax australisLawyer Vine  A
SmilacaceaeSmilax glyciphyllaSweet Sarsaparilla
Hybanthus monopetalusundefined  A
Zingiberaceae    Hedychium gardneranum       Ginger Lily      A,  Weed
FamilyGenus / SpeciesCommon nameBibliography