Ghostly-white bark hanging in ribbons, a cool dry breeze seeping through gnarled limbs, ground so hard you couldn't split it with an axe. This is the home of one of our toughest trees.
Once more common throughout the regions of Logan and Ipswich the so-called Melaleuca irbyana forests of South East Queensland are now a rare sight. Surviving only on black cracking clays that have been spared from development or agriculture, a handful of isolated remnants remain providing specialised habitat for plants and animals that depend on them. From milkvines to honeyeaters, this tree is more important than you might think and the unique forests it forms are a keystone for biodiversity.
With around 75% seemingly gone forever, how can we help this important ecosystem now? This is the story of the Weeping Paperbark.