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Thornton Peak Landslide

THORNTON PEAK LANDSLIDE IN THE HEART OF REFUGIA 1 JULY 2018 This Thornton Peak Landslide followed heavy, unseasonal rainfall after a tumultuous 137-mm fell in a relatively short period overnight, precipitating the slumping of a significant portion of the oldest rainforest in the world. After a dry June, an exceptional downpour of [...]

By |2018-07-08T13:42:52+00:00July 8th, 2018|World Heritage|0 Comments

Mahogany bridges tenures in the Daintree

The complexity of managing multi-tenured lands is shown when a valuable Mahogany traverses Cooper Creek across two adjacent properties, one within and the other outside the boundaries of Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.  Section 56 of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection & Management Act 1993, prohibits the destruction of a forest product, but prior [...]

By |2018-01-25T06:04:47+00:00January 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Green Dinosaur Variations

Ribbonwood Well-known to the timber community, 'Ribbonwood' is an attractively grained timber that was extremely restricted in its distribution.  The primitive angiosperm Idiospermum australiense, a.k.a. 'The Green Dinosaur', is an ever-reliable piece of evidence of rainforest continuity over a period spanning more than 170-million years.  It helps to explain why the Daintree Rainforest, on the eastern [...]

By |2018-05-02T06:56:15+00:00July 16th, 2016|Flora|0 Comments

Scorpion-tailed Spiders en masse

Until recently, sightings of this rarely-seen Scorpion-tailed Spider (Arachnura melanura) could have been counted on one hand, then approximately fifty of them were found on one tree in our tropical fruit orchard. A star-apple fruit tree (Chrysophyllum cainito), with an abundant growth of epiphytes, was loaded,  but given the amazing mimicry of a dead leaf, it is possible that in the [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:24:57+00:00July 3rd, 2016|Spiders|0 Comments

Red Boobook

After more than twenty-years of searching Daintree Rainforest for all manner of cryptic life forms, we have at last photographic evidence of this rare Red Boobook (Ninox boobook lurida).   The Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) is also known as  Mopoke, Morepork, Spotted Owl or Marbled Owl. This Red Boobook is a smaller bird and a subspecies that is darker in [...]

By |2015-07-25T14:39:05+00:00July 25th, 2015|Birds|0 Comments

Yellow Many-headed Slime Mould

At last, warmer weather and rain has enlivened the Daintree Rainforest, ending a long, cold winter.  With below average rainfall, the rich and vibrant presence of fungi has been lessened, but today the Yellow Many-headed Slime Mould (Physarum polycephalum) appeared on a log in a shady section of the rainforest. Not unlike bureaucracies, the slime [...]

By |2015-07-25T07:19:05+00:00July 25th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Fairy Orchid Oberonia titania

This is Oberonia titania.  Oberonia orchids are fairy orchids, small and petite.  Species titania is the King of the fairy orchids.  Thought extinct in about 1960, we are pleased to confirm that it is alive and continuing to exhibit its delicate beauty in the Daintree Rainforest.  We first discovered this minute fairy orchid about a [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:24:57+00:00July 24th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Climate Change in Daintree

One of the most frequently asked questions on our tour is, “How is climate change affecting the Daintree Rainforest?”. The long term answer is easy.  When Australia broke away from the already fragmenting supercontinent of Gondwana, about 50-million years ago, leaving Antarctica and drifting northward for about 35-million years in what is referred to as splendid isolation, no other [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:24:57+00:00July 24th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a genus of sac fungi known as ascomycete fungi that includes about 400 species. All Cordyceps species are mainly parasitic on insects and other arthropods; a few are parasitic on other fungi. The generic name Cordyceps is derived from the Greek word kordyle, meaning "club", and the Latin stem -ceps, meaning "head".  Several [...]

By |2015-07-24T22:54:55+00:00July 24th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Orange Floral Fungus

Spectacular orange floral fungus enhances the beauty of the rainforest, with its bright colour attracting the appropriate insects to traffic spores in a general absence of wind.  We are familiar with the White Jelly Fungus or Silver Ear (Tremella fuciformis),  but this magnificent variation is delightfully new to us.  Tremella mesenterica appears to be the [...]

By |2015-07-24T10:44:03+00:00July 24th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments