Smell of the bush .

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:04
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For those people that live in queensland or northern nsw . Have you ever wondered what that smell was when passing certain heavily vegetated creeks . It smells a bit like possum wee . It is fact a plant called "smell of the bush" Mallotus Claxyloides . It is a small shrub or tree and you can buy it from native nurseries . So now you can replicate that bush smell at home . I have found that having it planted at home really makes me notice it more when on holidays . Some interesting facts i have noticed . You cannot smell it by putting yur nose close to the plant . You have to be moving around the plant to be able to smell it , weird . When in the car the smell is more noticeable with the windows up than down . Some people can smell it when i cannot or vise versa . Suckering plants have a much stronger smell . cheers .
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:10

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:10
Fascinating. Will get some (brisbane).
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:11

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:11
Interesting fact.
The problem is that my yard here in Melbourne already smells of possum pee.

My theory is that this is caused by possums.
Enourmous great big huge brushtail ones that wear hobnailed boots when they dance on the roof.

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Follow Up By: troopyman - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:15

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:15
hahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 12:49

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 12:49
I used to have a bit of a rose garden that smelt like that for several days after a big Friday night barbie.
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Reply By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 13:47

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 13:47
'Smell of the bush' scent and even stronger with car windows down eh? Look I've blamed everything else for my 'whoopies' so I may as well try this too. "What that Dear? Nah it's wasn't me it was that Smell of the Bush over there."
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 15:09

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 15:09
I always thought that the smell of the bush was a gidgee tree LOL
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Follow Up By: troopyman - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 15:23

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 15:23
actually the plant should be called smell of the big scrub .
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Reply By: troopyman - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 15:26

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 15:26
Female plants seem to be more smelly than males . I think they might need a humid climate to release the odour but not sure .
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Reply By: Tadooch - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 20:46

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 20:46
I have always thought that it was probably lantana. I don't think of it as a bad smell (possum wee). AllI know is I love the smell because ffor me it is the bush.
Thanks for the info...now to start some guerilla gardening.
cheers.
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Follow Up By: troopyman - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:51

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:51
A lot of people mistake the smell as coming from lantana .
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:40

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 at 23:40
Possum piddling on my back fence Image Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: Miss Jo - Toad Keeper - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 01:01

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 01:01
Interesting.. I too also thought it was the smell of lantana.. especially if you are driving up to Mt Tamborine for example.. the smell is so noticable even in the open paddocks...
So maybe Lantana actually has a different name????

Oh yeh.. G Day all.. I haven't been around here for a while.
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Follow Up By: troopyman - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:52

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:52
Nielsens native nursery in loganholme often have mallotus claoxyloides .
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Reply By: Member - Howard T (QLD) - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 14:26

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 14:26
Hi Troopyman
Thanks for that info. I always thought is was lantana as it always seemed to be prevalent in the creeks that had that smell.

Cheers

Howard
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Follow Up By: troopyman - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:53

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 15:53
Most people think it is lantana but its mallotus claoxyloides .
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