The claims that all coconuts (Coco Nucifera L.) were introduced into Australia by Europeans were researched by studying the journals of maritime expeditions, records of the Queensland Acclimatisation Society, historical data and published papers.
Decalobanthus peltatus is a classical example of a misunderstood plant. It is listed internationally as an invasive species because of the way it rapidly grows and colonises disturbed rainforests. It is believed that it smothers and strangles the rainforest trees eventually killing them. Despite being a native species, several countries spend huge amounts of money on herbicides and wages to eliminate it with no evidence of success.
Australia has a diversity of unique native coconut phenotypes. These need to be preserved in their preferred habitat, the littoral edge of tropical forests. Currently thousands of coconuts are being actively poisoned or cut down based on the poorly researched belief that they are an invasive species. This has already resulted in irreplaceable loss of unique Australian biodiversity and will result in the extinction of more phenotypes.
THERE is a widespread belief that coconuts are not native to Australia and that they were introduced by mariners and the Queensland Acclimatisation Society.
A closer look at the long-standing history of coconuts in Australia. Historical sightings, Indigenous knowledge, linguistics and oral history about coconuts is evidence that they grew in Australia prior to European colonisation in 1788. A fossil coconut and fossils of Cocos pollen are evidence that they may have been in Australia for millions of years.
History / 12 June post from Lieutenant James Cook’s Journal 250 years ago
History / 10 June post from Lieutenant James Cook’s Journal 250 years ago
A Special Council Meeting to adopt the 2020 / 2021 Schedule of Fees and Charges was held this afternoon with a motion to pass the proposed Schedule carried.
History / 9 June post from Lieutenant James Cook’s Journal 250 years ago
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