Best & fairest - big old wilga TinT with scarred reverse TB
significant spiritual scarring on wilga TinT in Telinebone
This is where the wilga guest emerges from bimblebox host
Remember this is one tree photographed from different angles
The Gomeroi of Murrumanaarr created this astounding tree
Less than 1 K away is another TinT also scarred
This is a Bumble aka Wild orange TinT but the box host is dead
This is the scar on the host & it wont close as the box tree is dead
You can see both the scar & the guest Bumble in this photo
This Capparis mitchellii guest is old but bigger as it's host is dead
Another TinT that is also a scartree - The scar is almost closed
you can see an axe cut burl here showing the box scar is cultural
Guest emerges at chest height & is 58 cm around. The host 220cm
currant bush guest aka warrior bush aka Apophyllum anomalum
This is the most spectacular rosewood TinT Ive seen
There are deep old coolamons all around the box tree base
This very special tree lives in the neighbor's place on a sandhill ...
The sandhill is on the big warrambool which was the tribal boundary
between the Gomeroi & Euahlayi people with kinship/cultural ties
This tree is both a currant bush TinT and a Ringtree.
It lives on another neighbor's place and there is a well nearby
Ringtrees here show where water can be found
The well is in the sandhills & can still be clearly seen today.
The Gomeroi here liked to camp in sandy places with water
This currant bush TinT is also a Ringtree and is found at a billabong
this billabong is on a watercourse running into the warrambool
There are 2 other Ringtrees here but no more TinTs
This is the inosculation point where the branches were tied together to form a ring
Currant bush aka Warrior bush is the host for the caper butterfly
This big scarred box tree also lives on a neighboring property
The guest shown here is Pimelea microcephala.
other shrubs were planted in trees as well like Nepine & Saltbush
Shrubby rice flower has antibacterial properties so was highly valued
Pimelea microcephala was used to treat respiratory conditions
This bumble guest is growing in the bottom of a U shaped box tree.
The old U shaped box tree has a big scar on the southern trunk
I have made this new gallery for scarred TinTs like these so people ...
..will stop trying to tell me that birds were responsible for them !
This is one of the first scarred Trees in Trees I found.
The scar is shrinking over time & the guest wilga tree is growing
This tree is located on the new Priest paddock tank/ dam
Old Ted Fields watched the earthworks to make sure no CMTs were hurt
This special spiritual place has very special spiritual trees like this
This guest tree has died but I think it was a rosewood aka boonery
It makes a pair of TinTs with the other being a whitewood in dead box
I dont know the significance of the different guests species
but TinTs are often found in pairs. Different trees belonged to different totem groups
you can read all about the Euahlayi totems in Katie Langloh Parker's book
This is one of my favourite wilga TinTs & its also scarred
The wilga guest is quite inconspicuous. The box tree host is older than it looks
You can park in the shade of this TinT & never notice its 2 in 1
Unlike Peach bush, wilga do not sucker. This guest was PLANTED
This scarred wilga TinT is about 1 k away from the scarred bumble TinT
This big old dead box tree has an old peach bush growing out of it
the peach tree isnt looking too hot either!
there are 2 deep axe cuts in the trunk below the guest/ host junction
this doesnt prove the Gomeroi ancestors put the seed/ seedling there
but it does prove they were up there ...
the problem with peach bush guests is that they sucker rampantly
this scarred tree has peach bush growing out of it everywhere
so its hard to say if it was planted or suckered there
this scarred tree has 2 different guests, both are vines
one is the gargaloo - Parsonsia eucalyphylla aka gugumadharraa
the other is Nepine aka ngaybaan or Capparis lasiantha
now this is an interesting tree out in Warrambool paddock
another U-bend box- 1 half scarred & the other half a TinT
this is the guest-currant bush aka wayaarra or Apophyllum anomalum
and this is where it lives- Ive seen currant bush layered into trees
this old box tree lives on a neighboring property & is stunning
beside the big old scar grows a small tree-dont be fooled by its size
I think its a rosewood but could be a wilga or butterbush - V.old
here is another peach bush infested scarred box next door
again its not clear if the peach bush was planted or suckered there
There must be both a cultural & botanical reason for this
just need some Indig. & academic support to find the answers ????
Ive known this CMTinT for a long time. The host is poisoned
as you can see this big old box tree host is multiscarred
the guest here is rosewood aka boonery or Alectryon oleifolius
Im guessing the dead host is a bimblebox because its red soil
this combo is interesting because the scar is cut with a steel axe
the guest is gargaloo which is supposed to be poisonous
many of the camps here have lots of gargaloo growing
so it must have been useful/ important. Needs research ???
sadly this lovely old CMTinT is dead & lost forever.
I dont have the GPS data for this & its on a neighbor's property
Ive also lost this supplejack growing in big double scarred box
This quinine in the scarred box has died in the last 10 years
I think it suffered from too little light beside the big old fire box
how it grew & why it died-Google new research into 'wood wide web'
I suspect many TinTs have failed over the years ...
This is a smallish bumble living in a scarred coolabah
this type of scar is also found on ringbarked coolabahs
any damage causes scarring & the 1880's ringbarking often failed
Gomeroi here would still be practicing their culture in the 1880s
this box tree coolamon has peach bush growing up through it
I dont think the peach bush was planted rather it suckered its way in
peach bush aka Ehretia saligna is a very important cultural tree
all the old gomeroi camps are sheltered/ protected by peach bush
here is another peach bush CMTinT on Wailwun land
this peach bush was planted here in the this closed up scar
this Wailwun camp in a black box swamp about 10 ks from Cuddie springs
there are no sandhills there but the swamp centre is sandy
here is another CMTinT from the same swamp but the guest is wilga
again the scar looks like a failed ringbarking attempt?
there are over a dozen wilga TinTs in the swamp around this camp.
this shield shaped coolamon has 2 guests growing in the base
the guests are wilga & Nepine or possibly a small bumble?
Capparis mitchelli or Capparis lasiantha? I think its a Nepine aka ngaybaan
possibly the only double guest CMTinT ?
This a small whitewood tree growing high up in a dead scarred box
this whitewood aka Atalaya hemiglauca is way older than it looks
you can see the scar is cultural because of the stone axe burls
whitewood guests live high up in their hosts - think the Indig. name is birraa?
This scarred coolabah on the Gingie rd songline looks like a CMTinT
but Jen thinks its just an unusually shaped mistletoe
Allo spotted this a few weeks ago - good eyes- not so good phone camera
this looks more like a coolabah branch then a guest tree
these leaves look like wild lime but there are coolabah leaves at the end of the branch
Russell Fairfax is a handy climber so we will get him to look next time they come
there are 2 guests - peach bush & nepine growing out of this scartree
the scarred trunk has broken off but is kept alive by 2 epicormic shoots
peach bush has suckered up through the edge of the scar
The peach bush guest was probably not planted inside this scartree
There are many TinTs around this camp on the billabong here in TB
recovering old peach bush guest in dead box at culvert camp TB
another peach bush CMTinT in near the billabong in Telinebone
Its not possible to know if peach bush was planted in this coolamon
Its possible these sloping coolamons were used for potty training?
Pimelea microcephala planted in big old scarred box
The stems of this shrub contains tough fibre for rope making.
new CMTinT at Avon near the old water catchment
the guest is a small rosewood aka Alectryon oleifolius
the rosewood guest doesnt get much sunlight so remains small
this camp is 100 mts or so from the catchment with the V.old coolabah
The natural water catchment was vital & is surrounded by ringtrees
This CMTinT is really a fake I think
I think the small peach bush guest has suckered its way into the scar
here you see the small peach bush next to big axtrax burl
the scar itself is magnificent like most Tungra scars
but I dont think the peach bush seed/ seedling was planted in it
This currant bush CMTinT is cultural but the scar is small
here is the currant bush guest growing a long way up in a dead stump
here is the small axe cut scar - seems like the box tree was marked
This is more likely a memorial tree in Tungra
believe it or not growing a tree in a solid non eucalypt is possible
in this case its a bumble aka Wild orange growing in a dead ironwood
they have cut a small coolmon out of the host to channel rain maybe?
the bumble roots must be down inside the divided ironwood trunk
like the wilga in ironwood in WB these guests are stressed & woody
ironwood is v.hard as the name suggests so this CMTinT shouldnt be possible
here we have a peach bush growing out of a double scarred box
the peach bush emerges from the smaller scar at a 45' angle
It is possible the peach bush suckered up into the host?
Its also possible it was grown there as a memorial !
the nearest peach bush is quite a distance away so Im with the memorial
There are simply too many CMTinTs to be flukes
this is another double scarred box with a currant bush guest.
there is a deep old standard type scar & a small scar where the currant bush emerges
I think they cut into the cambium to plant the current bush & left a scar
unfortunately this CMTinT is obscured by a big supplejack
If I had driven past the other side I would have missed the currant bush
not easy to photograph but not easy to forget either
This would have to be the most spectacular CMTinT Ive seen so far
Here you can see the scar on one side with the 2 mature guests hanging out the other
The big box host is dead & the rosewood guest has died back to its base
here is the rosewood reshoot - the big peach bush is thriving
here you see rosewood roots exposed suggesting the host crotch may have been bigger originally?
this is a closer view showing the scar & the trunk bases of the guests
another peach bush growing in a scarred box tree host
This peachbush guest could have suckered itself up thru the old box
This is a really weird CMTinT - 2 dead guests in a scarred box stump
you can see how the old scar has been cut to make a wooden pot
the epicormic shoots come either from the scar or wooden 'pot'
to complicate matters the 'pot' seems to cut with a steel axe
the bigger of the dead guests was a budda tree (Eremophila mitchellii)
the smaller guest has been dead longer & is hard to identify
this CMTinT has a Pimelea microcephala growing out of the scar top
Ive only noticed 2 P. microcephalas in Tungra - both living as guests in boxtrees
this is a memorial to some one important who has died years ago
the box host also has a long almost closed scar on the reverse side
Pimelea microcephala aka shrubby rice-flower is a powerful medicinal
This is a very significant spiritual tree its a shame no one is interested
This bumble in dead box in Tungra has multiple scars
Its among a group of 5 TinTs in the most southern paddock
the 5 TinTs are all old, all have different guests & all are within 100 mts
This is a very old camp & is undisturbed. There are no small TinTs