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Gemtree is a popular destination not only for the locals, but for the fans of fossicking. As the Gateway to the gem fields of Central Australia, you will join fellow fossickers on tag-along tours in search of garnets and zircons.

Gemtree also offers the opportunity for some great bird watching, especially in the early morning and late afternoon.

Whilst here, make sure you take in some of the unique flora in this arid landscape. The Bush Banana can sometimes be seen twined up a shrub or tree. This woody vine can sometimes be difficult to see amongst the leaves of the shrub and trees. With creamy flowers and thick narrow leaves, the fruit is a pear-shaped pod, hence its other common name of Native Pear. This plant is an important Indigenous food, with the sweet flowers and young fruits being the most favoured parts of the plant.

Bush Banana (Leichhardtia australis formerly classified as Marsdenia australis)
Also commonly known as silky pear, Doubah, Native pear.
Bush Banana (Marsdenia australis) © Greg Sully, August 2007

Bush Banana (Marsdenia australis) © Greg Sully, August 2007

Bush Banana (Marsdenia australis) © Greg Sully, August 2007

© Greg Sully
More information can be seen in the Flora section on the Bush Banana.
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