Bushfire Recovery

The Australian bush was subject to unprecedently large fires during this past summer 2020.  Vast tracks of mainly Eucalypt forest was burnt by high-intensity fires, many started by lightning strikes that were not accompanied by rain.

Australian native species have adaptations to regenerate after fires. This may be by explosive shedding of seeds from hard seed cases such as those found in Hakea species. The ability to sprout from underground rootstock and hidden adventitious buds such as those found in Eucalypts. Seeds that germinate after exposure to smake. Rapid flowering responses from deep in the crown of blackened stumps of species such as Xanthorrhoea (Grass Trees).

Here are some fine images that were taken by Martin Stokes showing regeneration of one species of  Xanthorrhoea over a three month period after a fire that did much damage.