birding-aus Re: Stinging Trees

Subject: birding-aus Re: Stinging Trees
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 02:46:38 PDT

Thanks to Syd Curtis for his fascinating and informative account of stinging
trees. I thought it was so interesting I've given a copy of the information
to friends. The only stinging tree I know of here in the Blue Mountains, NSW
is a single D. excelsa in the aptly named Murdering Gully at Kanangra Walls
? the steep climb out of Kanangra Deep normally used by canyoners.

I was impressed by the dedication (or masochism) shown by W.D. Francis but
wonder how often one is likely to come across leaves in the forest which
have been boiled, baked in an oven or stored between absorbent paper! I
suppose we can assume these results would also apply to dead leaves on the
forest floor. Any volunteers to test this?

Katoomba NSW

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