Australian Natives I BHT113

Study Australian Indigenous Plants

  • Learn to identify, propagate and grow dozens of different genera
  • Work with Natives in a nursery, flower farm, landscape business or garden
  • Start your own business or enhance your career opportunities working for someone else
  • Indulge a passion for natives, breed new varieties, understand wonders of the Australian bush which you may have previously not noticed


There are nine lessons in this course, as follows:


1. 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

2. Cultural Techniques

  • Cultivation
  • Things that can Go Wrong: Pests, Diseases, Environmental Problems, Nutrition
  • Soils
  • Improving Soil Structure
  • Soil Water Management
  • 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

3.  Eucalypts

  • Introduction
  • Types of Eucalypts; gums, stringybarks, boxes, ironbarks, yates, peppermints, etc.
  • Hybrid Eucalypts
  • Eucalypt Cultural Requirements
  • Review of Important Eucalypt Species

4.  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

5. 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

6.  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

7. 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
  • Grevillea Culture
  • Related Proteaceae Natives: Dryandra, Hakea, Banksia, Telopea

8. 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

9. 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

What The Course Covers

Here are some of the course 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.
  • Compile a series of plant reviews with information on each plant variety, such as:
    • Common Name
    • Plant Family, Genus& Species names
    • Variety (if applicable)
    • Height
    • Width
    • Soil requirements
    • Environmental requirements
    • Cultural procedures (eg. propagation and pruning)
    • Pest and disease susceptibility

Duration: 100 hours




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