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The Turning of the Tanglefoot Beech

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Fagus (Nothofagus gunnii), Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

One of Australia’s most iconic autumn changes is underway in Tasmania, featuring one of the few remaining native deciduous trees. Nothofagus gunnii known as Tanglefoot Beech is a relic of cooler and wetter times when the continent of Australia was covered by vast, sprawling forests of beech, conifers and other iconic species seen today only in pockets around the country.

The best examples of this stunning explosion of colour is best seen in Tasmania’s Lake St. Clair National Park, at Cradle Mountain. In usual years, one would witness thousands of tourists flocking to this iconic display of ambers, golds and marigolds – this season, given the restriction around traveling, now could be the time to take yourself to see this heavenly display.

Changing climate and weather patterns indicate that Nothofagus gunnii may struggle to retain its foothold and could disappear within the next few decades, without intervention. Efforts are being made to save this iconic Aussie plant for future generations.

Let’s hope this display is available for future generations to enjoy, in its current location and beyond.

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