…A big week coming up on sowing seeds, last week’s selection are springing up, including the fabulous Sturt’s Pea, Swainsona formosa:
Potted up into large tubes were a number of Barringtonia acutangula, a Freshwater Mangrove that inhabits the Fitzroy River and most Kimberley Rivers.
Common name: Hijal, Samandar(Beng.); Indian oak(Eng.)
Edible Parts:Timber, seed
Native Range: Native to coastal wetlands in southern Asia and northern Australasia, from Afghanistan east to the Philippines and Queensland.
Barringtonia acutangula is an evergreen tree of moderate size. A medium sized glabrous tree 10-15 m in height with pale grey slender young branches and rough dark brown bark; leaves simple, alternate, obovate-oblong or elliptic-cuneate. Flowers fragrant, dark scarlet, in pendulous many flowered racemes.
Medicinal Uses: Barringtonia acutangula tree has long been used for medicine, timber and as a fish poison. In traditional medicine, when children suffer from a cold in the chest, the seed is rubbed down on a stone with water and applied over the sternum, and if there is much dyspnoea a few grains with or without the juice of fresh ginger are administered internally and seldom fail to induce vomiting and the expulsion of mucus from the air passages.
Flowering now, in tubes, is this pink pea shrub. Some even moved to a Karratha landscape last week.
A beautiful shrub, flowering at the moment, so I will be looking for seed soon.
Then 31mm of rain on Friday night capped off a good week. The new crew on a work for the dole project did very well:
Some of the Gossypium here were potted up.
and a few of these went to Karratha too, Davenpotia davenportii, a creeper or small climber:
A good week