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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Living things  >  Eukaryotes  >  Plants
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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...


Botanical model of henbane plant, 1885

This is a botanical model of the fruit of the 'Hyoscyamus niger' plant, also known as henbane. It was manufactured in 1885 in France from papier-mâché, wood and metal. The model comprises a thick, green, curved stem with a pair of tightly wrapped leaves and an enlarged section of one half of a fruit. One side of the model ...


'Blue Gums', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative was taken by Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts large eucalypt trees by a flooded river bank. A rowboat is pulled up on the bank, half on land, half on the water. A man is sitting on the side of the boat, ...


Pseudofossils: concretions and dendrites

This is an information sheet providing an introduction to different varieties of rocks and minerals that might be mistaken for fossils. It is also available as a two-page pdf file for download.



This is an information sheet on psyllids, with description, life cycle, biology, and particular coverage of psyllids that feed on wattles, genus 'Acizzia'.


'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners' booklet, South East Water, 2004

This is a 20-page booklet called 'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners', published in 2004 by South East Water and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Victoria. The cover shown here features a photograph of a newly purchased native plant being held by a smiling young girl. The booklet is part of the Water Smart ...


'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners' leaflet, City West Water, 1996

This is a leaflet published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. Its cover page advertises that it will give '7 simple secrets from the experts to help your garden thrive ... using ...


Booklet - 'Gardening to save water', City West Water, c1996-2002

This item is a booklet published around 1996-2002 by City West Water and Sustainable Gardening Australia. Its cover features an array of succulents. The booklet is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 215 mm wide and 155 mm high.


Working among vegetation on Antarctica

This is a colour photograph showing a scientist walking across the rocky surface of one of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. In the foreground, patches of moss and lichen can be seen growing around a shallow stream of meltwater.

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How do mangrove trees survive?

Imagine a plant that lives in mud and is soaked in sea water twice a day. Find out how mangroves thrive in conditions that would kill other plants. View the amazing adaptations that make mangroves such special plants.

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Plants in our daily lives

Can you imagine a world without plants? Do you agree that plants are important to our lives? Listen to Nick explain the amazing variety of ways you use plants every day, often without knowing it.

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Flowers: living factories for making seeds

Can you imagine a world without flowers? Flowers add colour, scent and beauty to our world. But why do plants make them? Discover the real purpose of flowers and how they do their job.

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Developing bush tucker into a seed crop

Which native plant might provide a ready-made crop that could be used as a very nutritious food source? Meet two South Australian growers who are investigating just such a native crop. Find out more about the seed crop that does not require significant amounts of water or fertiliser and has a long history of use by Indigenous ...

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Island hopping in a tropical paradise

The Whitsunday Islands, a collection of continental islands close to the mainland, were created when sea levels rose and flooded the valleys. These tropical Queensland islands are a haven for many plant, bird and reptile species. Take a tour of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef and see the different landforms.

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Why are they called the Blue Mountains?

The Blue Mountains are home to many different species of eucalypt trees. See how a bushfire in the Blue Mountains is part of the cycle of life. Bushfire changes the landscape but also stimulates new growth and regeneration of the forest. Watch this clip to see the eucalypt forest before and after a fire.

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This learning object contains a series of simple animations that explores the structure of a plant and how it works. Further graphics explain photosynthesis and how plants form part of the food chain. Students are provided with a tool for developing ideas about further research. The resource also contains several self tests. ...

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Primary Connections: Dinosaurs and more

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the relationships between form and function for living things, using the context of prehistoric animals. Students explore the skeletons and external features of prehistoric and modern animals and relate this to where they lived, they then examine teeth and identify how this ...

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Primary Connections: Among the gum trees

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the biology of eucalyptus trees. Students identify eucalyptus trees in their local environments and explore the life cycle of eucalypts, including germinating their own collected seeds. They investigate how eucalyptus trees form part of a complex ecosystem and research the ...

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Food chains: the wetlands

Create food chains to describe interactions in a pond. Look at the feeding patterns between plants and animals. Arrange producers and consumers into a food chain such as algae>tadpole>turtle. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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Food chains: the forest

Create food chains to describe interactions within a forest environment. Look at the feeding patterns between plants and animals. Arrange producers and consumers into a food chain such as tree>caterpillar>kookaburra. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.