the fruitful desert …

The Great Sandy Desert gardens are a very fruitful place. Fruits, nuts, seeds and grains have had exceptional growth this year following a solid wet season and some north west cloud bands taking tropical moisture through to Australia’s populated Southeast.

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Harvesting Corymbia pods


Corymbia, Owenia, Solanum, Terminalia seed pods and fruits, all edible nuts and fruit.


Acacia coriacea

Acacia coriacea


Solanum diversifolia, bush tomato


Grevillea wickhamii, pods and flowers


Trunk of Terminalia cunninghamii, Pindan Walnut


Carissa spinosa, sweet smelling flowers, sweet tasting fruit, incense bearing wood

L-R, Carissa spinosa, Terminalia cunninghamii, Erythrophleum chlorostachya

L-R, Carissa spinosa, Terminalia cunninghamii, Erythrophleum chlorostachya

Owenia reticulata, Desert Walnut

Owenia reticulata, Desert Walnut


Acacia anaticeps, large seeds for eating after cooking in fire when nearly ripe

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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2 Responses to the fruitful desert …

  1. Davet916 says:


    Still love your site. It’s one of the first I check on each day. Seeing all the terrain you walk through brings to mind helping my son do a report on Australia years ago. Some of the info suggested that your country had more critters that will try to eat you than any other. The flys will blow anything you leave out, the ants will walk off with your cooler, Crocodiles will snatch you off bridges and then there are the snakes. Crikey! Mate. ; )

    Do you actually have those sort of problems in the Kimberley or is that all further east?

    Dave Trimble
    Sacramento, California

    • Tom Harley says:

      Thanks, Dave. No real problems, when you’re bare foot, you see everything, before they see you. I’ve been anted plenty of times, stung by paper wasps that really hurt, attacked by March flies, which ought to have been called summer and winter flies. See the occasional snake etc, but as I’m pretty noisy, they are long gone when I go past. Most of the fauna looks after itself. The ferals like pigs, camels, donkeys and bulls have been known to give an odd scare in the middle of the night. The Kimberley is one of the last truly wild regions of the world, and I’m staying here to see it all.

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