To those that know Tassie’s bush, nothing is more challenging or more draining than Bauera. The mere mention of its name makes Tasmanian bushmen shudder.
It’s a pretty plant with a multitude of tiny bright green leaves along its stems that grow like a nest of tangled snakes, around and through one another, branching into two that then splits to four, then eight, weaving a mass higher than man, often high up into trees. It just loves weaving up an entire hillside with a net of cables that start with something like 12mm reo bar before branching into many more the diameter of a pencil, then heaps more about the size of stout wire. Bauera is also a bitch to pass over after it’s been flattened because it always catches a boot, or a strand just seems to jump up to act like a barrier. Watch this vid for a better idea.