Flowering Yellow Boxes - a disappointment

To: Michael Lenz <>, chatline <>
Subject: Flowering Yellow Boxes - a disappointment
From: Isobel Crawford <>
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2019 03:41:17 +0000
Another interesting facet of this is that many individuals on the western slopes and on the tablelands have been flowering in winter over the last few years, i.e. about 6 months out of their 'normal' flowering period. So all of those insects and other animals dependent on the pollen and nectar from this species in the summer, and on seeds from fertilised flowers, may be greatly disadvantaged.

Conversely, some of the 'local' Red Boxes Eucalyptus polyanthemos are flowering now rather than in winter. I think it is both subspecies, the local ACT ssp. polyanthemos and the more fully barked ssp. vestita.from S of ACT and into Victoria. This latter subspecies is very commonly planted in the ACT region. This species seems to be more attractive to insects than to birds.

Isobel Crawford

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