There is a Sting in the Nettle

Last weekend it was a pleasure to host Angela Bradburn who is a senior policy officer with Cotton Australia her husband Scott and father in law Grahame. Angela has a background in Natural Resource Management and Scott is keen cyclist always looking for a new mountain to climb and we certainly have one of those living on the side of Saddle Back Mountain

As it turned out Grahame who is a school teacher by profession has keen interest in Native Orchids and was very keen to see our rainforest

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Team Bradburn at Clover Hill

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Scott and his dad enjoyed the visit to Fountaindale Dam wall 

Fountaindale Dam

The spectacular Fountaindale Dam See video here

Now I have a serious aversion to the Giant Stinging Nettle tree which thrives in our rainforest IMG_3720

Lots of  Giant Stinging Trees are regenerating in our rainforest

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The reason for my aversion to the Giant Stinging Tree is I once once mistook a little one (see picture immediately above) for a small Tobacco Bush and grabbed with both hands to pull it out. Ouch does it have a sting to remember

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Baby Tobacco Bush

Giant Stinging Tree

Giant Stinging Tree (Dendrocnide exelsa) They get very big don’t they?

I now have a new respect for the Stinging Tree as Graham tells me they host Native Orchids and I just adore Native Orchids

Pink rock orchid

Another beautiful bush on our farm is the endangered Illawarra Zieria

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Zieria Habitat at Clover Hill

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and Zieria Granulata in flower

The native Stinging Nettle also flourish at the farm.

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An interesting combination of the beautiful and the beware don’t touch species