Plants are sprouting new growth in shades of cream and copper, not yet flushed with chlorophylls. The kauri pine (Agathis robusta) has recovered from its pruning at the hands of the energy company. It is putting on a show of young leaves to replace those lost on chainsawed and chipped branches.
Other species are coming into flower. The brown ripples (Aglaia australiensis) have taken over the forest edge and are starting to bud. Their flowers, although modest, are popular with insects, so I expect a bumper crop of wasps and flies this year. Strangely, I'm looking forward to it.
Some have won the race to blossom. The burny beans (Mucuna gigantea) failed to set seed last season, but are having another go. Their flowers hang like chandeliers above the forest floor.
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Tree kangaroos have also been enjoying the forest edge farmers' market, stripping the new growth from the milky pine (Alstonia scholaris) and bolly wood (Neolitsea dealbata). The bollywoods are a particular favourite of a mum and her joey. They visit late at night and spend hours working their way through the young growth, to then return a few days later to pick off the bits they missed the first time around.
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