In continuation from the note with the previous two postings, here’s another note from Trees
“Did you know about the Cabbage Tree Mystery?
In about 1987 cabbage trees started suddenly dropping their leaves and dying from blockages that stop the movement of water and food through the transport tissue inside the trunk. After nearly five years of work, scientists found the cause is a microscopic "mycoplasma-like organism" - MLO for short - that resembles both a virus and bacteria and is spread from tree to tree by a tiny sap-sucking insect. There is still no cure, so we need to keep planting more young cabbage trees to replace the dying populations.”
The cabbage tree’s foliage creates a nice contrast to other trees and its presence really stands out against other native species. This is a single head from a different tree to the previous two postings and I chose it to show the unusual foliage in more detail. The gaps along the sides of the leaves are the result of insect damage.
This is one of several photos I took of cabbage trees while driving the tractor home from making silage late last year. I’ve chosen the three I liked best for posting. This is the second and was taken the same day I took the nikau palm photos I posted previously. Alterations to this pic were limited to a slight increase in saturation to accentuate the colours.