Many plants in Australia have adapted to living
Fire periodically affects most of the land surface of Australia.
Although it leaves behind a charred landscape, it is not a force
of permanent destruction.
Eucalyptus trees produce highly flammable, aromatic oils
in their leaves to discourage herbivores: the trees readily catch
fire but this also helps release their seeds.
The ash covered ground provides a fertile space for seeds to germinate.
Did you know?
Many plants have evolved:
• Thick, protective bark
• Hard seed cases which open after a fire
• Fire or smoke-stimulated flowering
• Buried buds at the bases of trees or under bark, which sprout when other
living parts have been burned
up to: temperate house plants
to: Spear Lily