I have picked the pods from this Asian Tamarind tree but I have not noticed it flower before. The flowers are so beautiful and remind me of orchids. The new foliage is lovely as well!
I'm glad I wasn't walking under the Bunya pine when this baby fell from the tree! It is about the size of a human head and heavy. The nuts are edible and when the cone is dry I believe that one boils and then roasts the nuts before eating them. I'll give it a go if the rats and possums don't get it first!
Since the flood I have noticed these black ants building their nests in trees, I'm not sure if it is just something I never noticed before or if they have changed their habits. I am pretty sure that these ants usually lurk in the grass and bite (hard and painfully) unsuspecting bottoms sitting on the ground.