on the sweet sweet pittosporum



sweet pittosporum- berries, originally uploaded by the weed one.

pittosporum ondulatum.
In terms of weeds this is an interesting example, as is NATIVE and ENDEMIC to the area where this image was taken.
Yet, since European settlement and subsequent disruption of the landscape, this plant went well beyond the original pocket of growth, now being wide-spread the east and west coast, out-competing other vegetation.
This is one of the winners as Tim Low would have said in his books, one of the native species that actually benefited from human disruption.
Two particularity of the plant gave it the edge in comparison to other better suited to the environment:
1- It does not rely on fire to germinate, and in this modern Australia, were fire is increasingly controlled to minimize damage to property, such peculiarity is very important
2- It does well in rich soils, as opposed to other native vegetation that did adapt to a soil rather poor in nutrients

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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