But then there are all those rainforest trees with a more or less smooth grey trunk and anonymous-looking green leaves somewhere up there in the canopy....
|Mystifying tree in the Rhododendron Park|
You could try wandering around the botanic gardens or the Rhododendron Park and looking for trees with signs on them. You could go to the Janet Cosh Herbarium and check out a few of the specimens in their collection.
Or you can buy a copy of Wollongong's Native Trees by Leon Fuller. The new edition published this month contains colour photographs and a map for each species, as well as an introduction with info on history, geology and topography. The book is really an essential resource for anyone interested in trees native to the Illawarra.
I particularly appreciated the focus on the leaves of each species, which are generally accessible all year round, unlike fruit and flowers.
You can look at a preview and buy copies from http://bigbeanbooks.com/.
|Now those leaves look familiar!!|