marcycad

Joined: Jun 28, 2022 Last Active: Dec 06, 2022 iNaturalist

My background profession is in healthcare and emergency medicine, however since childhood I have had a life-long interest in natural history and am an amateur botanist, horticulturalist and a keen naturalist having particular passionate interests in Australian botany, unusual and architectural life forms.
Australia has always been a unique place of inspiration for me in terms of its geographical isolation and history of the flora and fauna and over 20 or so years, I have furthered my experience, honed my knowledge about, propagated and grown two of Australia's most iconic plants, the grass-trees.

Australian grass-trees have been pretty much underrepresented for so long now in terms of available literature, much information on these charismatic plants is scattered in research papers and generic botanical literature, my aim is to address this.
I have spent the past 25+ years studying these unique plants, namely those species assigned to two genera of plants: Xanthorrhoea and the mono-typical Kingia, and working upon incorporating all the current known species into a single encyclopaedic reference guide. Among the contents will include morphology and how to identify species, anthropogenic ethnobotany, plant and animal associations, cultivation, threats and conservation and a full species list… This is an on-going long-term project of which remains work in progress, the results of which will eventually take the form of a publication.

I will do my best to help identify many of the grass-tree photographs submitted to iNaturalist, however because of the nature of these plants, interpreting some taxa can prove extremely difficult, misidentifications within this taxa are not uncommon, even amongst botanists and experienced nurserymen, and illustrations can be found in various examples of literature, on the internet and even in some botanical gardens, and I too make mistakes. Some observations I revisit and review, altering my initial identification with rationale behind my decision but not every observation can be identified with absolute certainty and will remain at genus level.
Your submissions to iNaturalist has been, and remains, an extremely useful tool with which assists me in understanding the iconic Australian grass-trees.

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