Arpad Kalotas: Puffballs and other Fungi

Arpad Kalotas is an environmental consultant with extensive experience in vegetation management, indigenous heritage research and Aboriginal land management. He  has studied fungi and in particular, Aboriginal uses of fungi. The early Europeans documented some Aboriginal use of fungi and Arpad has researched past and present records to compile a list of fungi utilized by Aborigines. He has documented treatment of the fungi before use and has looked at various fungi from all over Australia.



Tony Start has studied mistletoes in Western Australia for more than 30 years, with a particular emphasis on distributions, host relationships and fire. The mistletoe flora comprise 21 taxa, and they infect 153 species in 25 genera and 15 families. In healthy landscapes, each species lives in harmony with its hosts while contributing nectar to honeyeaters, fruit to the mistletoe bird and palatable leaves to herbivores. They thus play an important role in the whole ecosystem. Most mistletoe habitats are fire-prone. One species is probably capable of resprouting whereas all other taxa are obligate seeders. With no means of in situ seed storage, post-fire recovery depends on seed importation. Fire is the most pervasive (but not the only) threatening process operating today


AGM and Wildflowers of the Mediterranean”

The Pont du Gard provides a spectacular backdrop for Spartea juncea

After the AGM business, Penny Hussey will entertain us with “Wildflowers of the Mediterranean”, a light-hearted look at some of the floral beauties and curiosities you can find while exploring the ruins of ancient civilisations around the Mediterrranean.

Hazel Dempster – Anthill Farm

Hazel Dempster , from the Society’s Northern Suburbs Branch, will be talking about Red Trees at Anthill Farm – a wheat farm near Geraldton that has an explosion of colour after good rains in both virgin and re-claimed bushlands.

Hazel first discovered Ant Hill Farm when she had an invite from, Jane the owner of the farm, after she enquired about a plant she had never seen before when she was taking a load of wheat to the Yuna Silos. She called it a “Top Hat plant” (Verticordia oculata). Later she took a piece to Geraldton with her to show a friend, Jenna Brooker. Jenna recognized it as the same as the plant on the front cover of Elizabeth’s book.

Hazel at Kings Park 174