new life after fire …

Hitting the bush this week, to see the regeneration following severe fires late last year. The Solanums are flowering profusely, showing their ability to adapt to fire. Solanums are known locally as Bush Tomatoes, yet a number of species are poisonous. Click to enlarge.

Solanum cunninghamii

Solanum cunninghamii


Solanum shrubs over Trianthema ground cover

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About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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2 Responses to new life after fire …

  1. john namnik says:

    Head scientific honcho at Kings Park claims that a certain molecule in smoke is responsible for the regeneration of flora after a fire [Dr. Kingsley Dixon], and if harnessed can be used as a fertilizer??

    • Tom Harley says:

      We use that chemical in our nursery. It can be collected just by ’emptying the bong’! Hehe …
      The first rains here every year smell of smoke from, mostly, desert fires caused by lightning prior to rain.

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