Another thing we got from the Scots

thistle

Besides the names of the towns, Aberdeen and Scone, that is, and the use of the word ‘brook’ instead of ‘creek’ for Middle and Dart Brooks to the west of Scone, and Rouchel, Stewart, Moonan and Omadale Brooks to the east.

Thought to have been introduced in the early 1800s, by 1850 Scotch Thistle was a noxious weed in South Eastern Australia. It is everywhere except the Northern Territory, apparently, which surprises me as I was shocked to find Bathurst Burr at Glen Helen Gorge in the Western McDonnell Ranges – carried there on the boots of fellow walkers.

Scotch Thistle escaped the ornamental garden to become a serious pasture weed whose seeds remain viable in the soil for more than twenty years.  This story has been repeated in New Zealand, and in 50 other countries around the world.

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