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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club newsletter



Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club newsletter

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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club


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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club

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Alice Springs


Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club newsletter


Newsletter, August 2016

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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club August 2016 8 The Pacoota sandstone at the southern end of the cutting contains trace fossils- burrows which give the rock a distinctive stripey appearance, and the name, 'pipe rock'. The Stairway sandstone, laid down later in the period, not only has Cruziana (lithified trilobite scratchings) in abundance, but is also known to contain fossils of Arandaspis, one of the earliest jawed fishes. Thanks to those who voted to continue when a downpour made continuing dubious- the weather did clear and we all had an enjoyable morning dabbling in the Ordovician. Lee, thank you for leading the trip to Moloneys Creek. It was exciting to be able to pull up on the side of the South Stuart Highway and a few paces away was this river bed of fossils. This is a must visit again site. Rhondda Tomlinson .. Useful local Bush Regeneration Handbook. The Alice Springs region is alive with regrowth after the incredible hail storm and other recent rainfall. Gardeners will be asking themselves what plants have come up this time. The Alice Springs Bush Regeneration Handbook has been written to help answer this question. It features 150 of the common regenerating plants and has just entered its second print run. There are many young plants emerging now that can be identified from their developing features. Some native forbs (herbs) seen emerging include Annual Yellowtop (Senecio gregorii), Blue Heronsbiill (Erodium crinitum), Bogan Flea (Calotis hispidula), Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Green Peppercress (Lepidium oxytrichum), Muellers Peppercress (Lepidium muelleri-ferdinandi), and Varible Daisy (Brachycome ciliaris). Gardeners will also need to be dealing with weeds that have also responded to recent rain. Small-flower Mallow, Smooth Mustard, Milk Thistle and Prickly Lettuce are some of the weeds that have emerged. Controlling these weeds before they set seed, and bagging any flower or seed parts, will be needed to reduce future regrowth. Gardeners may also need to tackle the native Bogan Flea which is a locally infamous prickle plant. For more information contact the author at andy_vinter@yahoo.com.au.

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