Eremophila Study Group

Basal shoots on Eremophila rotundifolia

Pinery Fires - Regeneration

Ken Warnes, founder of our study group, lives in Owen, South Australia and has a farm about 6km from town. Up until November 2016 he had a large Eremophila plantation with over 300 specimens, and hybrids, which had flourished for many years. On 24 November 2015 a fast-moving grass fire started at Pinery, travelled south-east and then north-east towards Owen and Kapunda, affecting dozens of landholders. The fire burnt 84,000 hectares including parts of Ken's property (but not the house).

Ken has been recording the impact of the fires on his Eremophila plantation, including what has happened since. Ken's report, which included numerous photos, can be found in the June 2016 issue of the Study Group's newsletter. The additional photos (below) further illustrate the effect of the fire on Ken's collection and its subsequent regeneration.

Aerial View of Property Following the Fire


Aerial view of property


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28 November 2015 (Immediately After Fire)

Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015
 
Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Dead tree, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Scrub area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015
 
E. decussata, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. dendritica, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. macdonnelli small leaf, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. macdonnelli small leaf, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. macdonnelli, larger leaf, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015
 
E. caerulea ssp. merrallii, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. malacoides, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. homoplastica, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. macdonnellii, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. saligna, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015
 
E. 'Picaninny Dawn', immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 E. glabra Gawler prostrate, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Post-fire; 30m from unburnt area Unburnt area, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Plantation view with E.longifolia x scoparia in foreground, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015
 
E. densifolia purpurea; unburnt, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015 Dead fox, immediately after fire; 28 November 2015

24 January 2016

E. 'Summertime Blue', approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. 'Summertime Blue' re-shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. rotundifolia, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. rotundifolia basal shoots, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. psilocalyx reshooting after radiant heat damage; 24 January 2016
 
E. divaricata re-shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. divaricata; sea of fruit, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. spinescens; new growth, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. dendritica; shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. rotundifolia juvenile re-growth, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016
 
E. visicda, warnesii, shonae, vernicosa, battii, granitica, sulcata, clarkei, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. 'Nullarbor Nymph' new growth, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. arenaria; shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. platythamnos ssp exotrachys; shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. latrobei subsp latrobei; seedling, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016
 
E. obliquesepala; shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. saligna, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. strongylophylla; seedling from grey-leaved parent, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. strongylophylla; seedling - possibly fasciata parent, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. strongylophyalla; seedling - possibly E.macdonnellii parent, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016
 
E. strongylophylla seedling x E.macdonnellii; flower, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. macdonnellii 'Simpson Desert'; shooting, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. warnesii; died pre-fire; 24 January 2016 E. freelingii shoots but later died  approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. aureivisca; radiant heat, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016
 
E. aureivisca shooting from canopy, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016 E. racemosa burnt near ground, approx 60 days after fire; 24 January 2016      

5 February 2016

E. delisseri; shoots, approx 70 days after fire; 5 February 2016 E. delisseri; shoots, approx 70 days after fire; 5 February 2016 Seedlings, approx 70 days after fire; 5 February 2016 Cluster of seedlings marked with sticks, approx 70 days after fire; 5 February 2016 Germinating weeds and seedlings, approx 70 days after fire; 5 February 2016
 
Germinating seedlings after weeding, approx 70 days after fire; 5 February 2016        

25 February 2016

E. rotundifolia breaking into adult foliage, approx 90 days after fire; 25 February 2016 E. spinescens after removal of dead wood, approx 90 days after fire; 25 February 2016 E spinescens regrowth showing dead wood, approx 90 days after fire; 25 February 2016    

9 April 2016

E. 'Summertime Blue'; post pruning, approx 135 days after fire; 9 April 2016 E divaricata; dead wood removed approx 135 days after fire; 9 April 2016 E. macdonnellii, approx 135 days after fire; 9 April 2016 E. macdonnellii, approx 135 days after fire; 9 April 2016  

18 April 2016

E. rotundifolia; regrowth, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 Shoots on the stock and 2 seedlings on drip line, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 E. acrida, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 E. barbata, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 Spaghetti line with spider sprinklers, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016
 
E. 'Summertime Blue'; regrowth, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 E. macdonnellii, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 Seedlings, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016 Seedlings from Jan 2015, approx 145 days after fire; 18 April 2016


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