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Love the jacarandas in flower. I just discovered the other day that Pretoria is also famous for jacarandas, prehaps more so then Brisbane. And apparentely because the blooming coincides with year end exams, there is a superstition at University of Pretoria that if a jacaranda flower falls on your head, then you'll pass your exams :)

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Love the jacarandas in flower. I just discovered the other day that Pretoria is also famous for jacarandas, prehaps more so then Brisbane. And apparentely because the blooming coincides with year end exams, there is a superstition at University of Pretoria that if a jacaranda flower falls on your head, then you'll pass your exams :)

Yes, Pretoria, like Brisbane, is famous for its Jacarandas. They seem to do well in sub-tropical climates. Grafton in NSW is also very famous for these trees.
 

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^^Yeah, I know there's an old thing at both Bond uni and UQ where when the jacarandas come out it's time to start studying for exams.

How can we forget everyone's favourite jacarada in Brisbane:

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Yep, that one at Town Hall is well known partly for its location and partly because it has the odd habit of flowering at times of the year when it's not supposed to flower.
Austin Grove at Zetland (Sydney) has a short but spectacular avenue of jacarandas with 4 rows of trees, all in bloom at the moment.
 

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