@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted May 15, 2020 at 11:41 am): …

Comment on A touch of light: native passionfruit by Alex Nelson.

@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted May 15, 2020 at 11:41 am): Years ago I found that one way to increase the vigour of native passionfruit seedlings was to incorporate a small quantity of dry leaf litter that exhibits white mould into their soil or potting mix.
You find this material by uncovering accumulated piles of dry leaves under eucalypts, acacias or other native species.
Native passionfruit seeds are spread by birds so these plants germinate below where birds perch, typically under other trees and shrubs.
The roots of the seedlings presumably establish a symbiosis with the mould in the leaf litter to enable better absorption of soil nutrients.
It’s not unusual to find plants spread by birds growing in the trunks and branches of river red gums, where they’ve been able to take root in the soil of termite nests exposed high up in the trees.
Usually these are ruby saltbushes but at Pitchi Richi I’ve observed a large native passionfruit growing out of a river red gum several metres above the ground.

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