Newhaven - Princess Parrots and the Upside-Down Plant - Leptosema Chambe

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Subject: Newhaven - Princess Parrots and the Upside-Down Plant - Leptosema Chambersii
From: Angus Innes <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 21:01:40 +0000

What an interseting resource Birding Aus is!  
I raised  queries about the major sightings of Princess Parrots in the Newhaven 
Sation and whether these sightings could be related to the observations of Ian 
May in 2010 that a critical component of the botanical environment of the 
Princess Parrots appeared to be a stunted needle leafed plant - that Anthea 
Fleming quickly identified as the Upside-down Plants, Leptosema Chambersii . He 
said that the PP appeared to derive moisture or nectar from the near ground 
flowers.  (This was in a broader botanical environment of Desert Oaks and 
Spotted/Bloodwood Eucalypts, Spinifex and an orange flowered grevillea.) 
The following link and comment was received by me from Stephen Ambrose. They 
confirm the significant presence of the Upside Downplants on Newhaven. Stephen 
hoped to follow up with personal observations shortly.Stephen's references:
"Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club Newsletter, May 

Pages 5 to 8 of the newsletter discusses a ASFNC field trip to Newhaven and
there are several references and a picture of flowering Leptosema
Carl Billingham is also heading for Newhaven this weekend and will give an 
update. Obviously plants do not flower continuously but, so far, the 
interesting observation by Ian May, that the plant appeared to be a critical 
component of the habitat of the PP  may be supported and, at least, cannot be 
rejected. "One swallow does not make a (British) summer". Does Leptosema 
Chambersii significantly help to make a princess?Angus Innes


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