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Fagus

Postby Haydynb » Wed 18 Mar, 2020 7:29 am

Morning all.. anyone been into Cradle this week .if so much turning of the fagus yet?
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Re: Fagus

Postby Neo » Sun 26 Apr, 2020 8:42 am

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Re: Fagus

Postby eggs » Sun 26 Apr, 2020 9:20 am

On the 26th Feb we came across this on the Arm River Track.
It is a beech leaf, but I was not convinced it was fagus.
Has anyone seen a non-fagus beech turning this colour?
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Re: Fagus

Postby robl » Sun 26 Apr, 2020 1:24 pm

That looks like nothofagus cunninghamii (Tasmanian Myrtle or Myrtle Beech).
The deciduous beech is nothofagus gunni and has a more serrated and crinkled leaf.
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Re: Fagus

Postby eggs » Sun 26 Apr, 2020 10:39 pm

Agreed. But I was not aware they change colour like that?
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Re: Fagus

Postby weetbix456 » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 12:12 am

That colour variation on the nothofagus cuninghamii is a result of new growth as far as I am aware
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Re: Fagus

Postby bushwalker zane » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 1:02 pm

weetbix456 wrote:That colour variation on the nothofagus cuninghamii is a result of new growth as far as I am aware


Second this. I believe it's a way of the plant not overusing delicate new growth if that growth is in a sunnier place. Sunscreen if you like. I've seen whole Myrtles in January/February that are coloured red-yellow when in an exposed spot. The leaves are really soft too, not as tough as the older growth. I have seen this colouration in other alive plants too, even some tea-trees.

I would love to be looking at fagus right now! Alas.
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Re: Fagus

Postby Xastorm » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:54 pm

I’d agree new growth too, although yours it is very distinct (and beautiful).
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