Booyong Tree with Dr. Robert Kooyman

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Rainforest Rescue’s Scientific Advisor, Dr Robert Kooyman, shows us the beautiful Booyong Tree (Argyrodendron peralutum) in the Daintree Rainforest.

Argyrodendron actinophyllum is a large rainforest tree, native to eastern Australia. Common names include black booyong, blackjack, blush tulip oak, crowfoot elm and Mackay tulip oak.

The Booyong Tree has pinkish-brown heartwood and the trunks form large characteristic buttresses. One of the most distinctive features of Argyrodendron actinophyllum is the large deep green leaves that radiate out from central stems – hence the name actino = ray, phyllum = leaf. [WikiPedia].

These giants are part of the Rainforest canopy and are a spectacular part of the Daintree Rainforest.

Learn more about the Booyong Tree in Dr Robert Kooyman’s fascinating mini-lecture below.

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Dr. Robert Kooyman has been involved with protected area and conservation management for over 40 years. His current research focus is on the evolutionary ecology, botany, and paleo-botany of the Gondwanan, Australian, and Southeast Asian rainforests. He continues to be involved in large-scale rainforest restoration in Australia, and Madagascar and has undertaken studies of the rate and direction of recovery from disturbance of rainforest types around the world. He has participated in collaborative global studies of rainforest species distributions, and forest dynamics and ecology, and has published extensively in high impact scientific journals. He is a Research Fellow with Macquarie University, and an Honorary Research Associate with the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and Missouri Botanical Garden (USA).

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