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Paperbark tree

***** Location: Australia
***** Season: Late Summer
***** Category: Plant


Paperbark tree, Melaleuca

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Melaleuca is a genus of plants in the myrtle family Myrtaceae. There are well over 200 recognized species, most of which are endemic to Australia.

The best-accepted common name for Melaleuca is simply melaleuca; however most of the larger species are also known as paperbarks, and the smaller types as honey myrtles.
They are also sometimes referred to as punk trees.

One well-known melaleuca, the Ti tree (aka tea tree), Melaleuca alternifolia, is notable for its essential oil which is both anti-fungal, and antibiotic, while safely usable for topical applications.
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Things found on the way

Australian Lorikeets
topic for haiku

Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

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Lorikeets are around all the time, but become noisy and raucous and a neighbourhood menace when the paperbark blooms. Paperbark blooms now, pre-Autumn. The weather can still get to 29c but drop to 10c at night(its actually kind of chilly tonight).
Lorikeets are nectar feeder and the nectar tends to turn in the heat so they get drunk. They turn into party animals and make huge amounts of noise. I was comparing the birds to rush hour traffic. I was hearing both simultaneously and the birds were almost drowning it out. Coincidentally they also do insane aerial manoeuvres and it's not uncommon to nearly be hit in the head by a low flying bird who is, frankly, too drunk to fly! They always remind me of rowdy tourists in gaudy Hawaiian shirts because of their bright feather and general demeanour.

Violette Rose-Jones
March 2009


The Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus
is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.
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at the window
a couple of shrieking lorikeets
comment on my apartment

a gang of cockatoos
glides down the tin roof -
high jinks!

flaying foxes cover
the full moon for a minute...
a clear sky again

Ben Daniel (Sidney, Australia)
-- from "Samobor Haiku Meeting, 2012.

source : Haiku Culture Magazine (fb)


rowdy lorikeets
feeding in the paperbark
deafened by traffic

Violette Rose-Jones
Australia, March 2009

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. Australian Cockatoo .



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Gabi Greve said...

in the tropical air
rainbow lorikeets -
a mango restaurant closed

Alan Summers, UK

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