Monday, February 2, 2015

A Bunyah Pine Overview

It is the season that Bunyah Pines drop their humongous seed cones. A local row of Bunyahs has a sign nearby to warn you from getting too close to the trees, or parking your car underneath. The cones as big as a basket ball will weigh 4 or so kilos and they fall from 20 or so metres.

Row of Bunyah Pines with warning, tennis club house in distance.
No one has parked nearby as you can see. Nor am I getting too close when the evidence is lying around. 

Base of largest of the Bunyah Pines with broken cones

The dirt path beyond the tree goes to the boat ramp into the river. The grassy lawns denote a picnic area. 
The middle third of the Bunyah Pine. It divides into two trunks
Most of the Bunyah Pines in the Byron Shire have been planted, usually as Park trees,. They are native to the Bunyah Mountains in Queensland. With climate change and warming, they may migrate southward and naturalise. 

Top third of this tree.  

The top of a Bunyah Pine tends to be rounded as befits a tropical tree. Rather than the sharp triangular shape of northern hemisphere pines. A lot of new growth in the middle previously rather naked third of this tree may be indicative of dry years now over.