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Australia has one of the oldest and most diverse varieties of plants of an country.

Be an Expert with plants from Australia
Australian native plants are increasing in popularity in many countries throughout the world and are grown commercially as cut flowers in Israel and South America. Eucalypts are widely planted trees throughout California, and is an increasingly popular specimen tree used in gardens of Southern England. Macadamia nuts and Tea Tree Oil are produced in commercial plantations not only in Australia, and beyond. Many Australian natives are also well suited as indoor plants.

Australian climatic conditions range from hot-dry to cold-wet; soils also vary according to region from alkaline to acidic. Consequently the plant life of this large country is abundant and diverse, offering an interesting range of possibilities, whether you live in Australia or elsewhere.

Aims

- Classify most significant cultivated native plants, to the family level.
- Determine cultural practices to maintain healthy native plants.
- Explain the identification and culture of eucalypts in your locality.
- Explain the identification and culture of native trees.
- Explain the identification and culture of acacias in your locality.
- Explain the identification and culture of native shrubs, including species of Acacia, Melaleuca, Callistemon and Leptospermum
- Explain the identification and culture of different Proteaceous native plants, with particular emphasis on the genus Grevillea.
- Explain the identification and culture of a range of Australian Native ground covers and small shrubs.
- Determine commercially viable applications for different native plants.
Type:Courses
Method:Distance learning
Duration:100 Hour
Requirements:None

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Course program

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

Introduction
Scope and Nature of Native Plants
Taxonomy: Botanical and Horticultural Nomenclature
Binomial System
Levels of Division
Plant Families
Species, Hybrids, Varieties and Cultivars
Botanical Keys and their Use
Origins of Australian Plants
Continental Drift
Resources for More Information
Sources for Seed Information
Cultural Techniques
Cultivation
Things that can Go Wrong: Pests, Diseases, Environmental Problems, Nutrition
Soils
Improving Soil Structure
Soil Water Management
Compost
No Dig Growing Techniques
Feeding Natives
Pruning
Temperature
Planting, Staking, Mulching
Special Planting Techniques
Natives for Shade
Controlling Weeds
Propagation; seed, cuttings, etc
Stock Plants
Eucalypts
Introduction
Types of Eucalypts; gums, stringybarks, boxes, ironbarks, yates, peppermints, etc.
Hybrid Eucalypts
Eucalypt Cultural Requirements
Review of Important Eucalypt Species
Native Trees
Casuarina; Casuarina and Allocasuarina, Gymnostoma and Ceuthostoma
Casuarina Culture
Review of Casuarina and Allocasuarina species
Australian Conifers: Overview
Cupressaceae: Actinostrobus, Calitris, Diselma
Araucariaceae; Araucaria
Podocarpaceae; Dacrydium, Microcachrys, Microstrobos, Phyllocladus, Podocarpus
Taxodiaceae:
Macadamias
Brachychiton
Angophora
Lophostemon
Acacias
Introduction to Legumes; Papilionoideae, Caesalpiniodeae and Mimosoideae
Overview of Acacia
Acacia Cultural Requirements
Review of Important Acacia species
Elements of drawing a Landscape Plan
Landscape Design Procedure
Myrtaceous Australian Plants
Review of the Myrtaceae Family
Callistemon overview
Callistemon Culture
Important Callistemon cultivars and species
Leptospermum overview and Culture
Important Leptospermum Species
Baeckea
Calothamnus
Calytrix
Eugenia
Homoranthus
Kunzea
Melaleuca
Micromyrtus
Scholtzia
Syzygium
Verticordia
Thryptomene
Grevilleas
Grevillea Overview
Types of flower: Erect Cluster, Toothbrush, Pendant, Cylinder
McCilveray’s Classification into eleven main groups
Flower and Leaf Terminology
Review of Low Growing Grevilleas
Banksia Type Hybrids
Hybrid Parents from tropics and sub tropics
Poorinda Hybrids
Review of many Important Species
Culture
Related Proteaceae Natives: Dryandra, Hakea, Banksia, Telopea
Ground Cover and Small Shrubs
Overview of Fabaceae (Egg and Bacon) Plants
Brachyzema
Castenospermum
Clianthus
Gastrolobium
Gompholobium
Goodenia
Hardenbergia
Hovea
Jacksonia
Kennedya
Oxylobium
Swainsonia
Viminaria
Boronia; overview and culture
Boronia species
Prostanthera
Commercial Applications
Fragrant Natives
Uses for Eucalyptus
Uses for Grevilleas
Uses for Acacia: timber, tanning, cut flowers, food, etc
Aboriginal Uses for Acacias
Growing Natives in Containers
Bush Tucker

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Aims

Classify most significant cultivated native plants, to the family level.
Determine cultural practices to maintain healthy native plants.
Explain the identification and culture of eucalypts in your locality.
Explain the identification and culture of native trees.
Explain the identification and culture of acacias in your locality.
Explain the identification and culture of native shrubs, including species of Acacia, Melaleuca, Callistemon and Leptospermum
Explain the identification and culture of different Proteaceous native plants, with particular emphasis on the genus Grevillea.
Explain the identification and culture of a range of Australian Native ground covers and small shrubs.
Determine commercially viable applications for different native plants.

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