Law and order breaking down in Philippines: UN investigator

A top United Nations’ human rights investigator has warned that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs would only unleash more problems including rampant killings, vigilante crimes and an overall breakdown in law and order.
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“The war on drugs does not work,” Agnes Callamard, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, told a human rights conference in Manila.

“Badly thought-out, ill-conceived drug policies not only fail to address substantively drug dependency, drug-related criminality and the drug trade, they add more problems, as has been well documented around the world,” she said.

The comments came after US President Donald Trump provoked an avalanche of criticism for inviting Mr Duterte, a foul-mouthed firebrand former provincial mayor, to the White House, and praised his efforts to rid the country of drugs.

Two US legislators on Friday introduced legislation in the US Senate seeking to restrict the exportation of arms by the US to the Philippines, as the death toll under the crackdown almost reaches 8000, including children as young as five.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, chairman of the US foreign relations sub-committee, said the war on drugs is “deeply alarming”.

“This is not the right way to conduct an anti-drug campaign, and our legislation reflects our sincere desire to work with the Philippines to support human rights, expose narcotics networks emanating from mainland China and other countries, and use a public health approach to responsibly counter the danger drugs pose to our society,” he said.

Mr Duterte’s officials scoffed at the bill which would require the US State Department to report on the human rights situation in the Philippines before it could be passed.

“We have plenty of arms,” said the President’s chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo.

In his latest comments, Mr Duterte declared it will take him three years to stabilise the Philippines which has one of Asia’s highest rates of drug use.

He promised to step-up the drugs war and efforts to curb criminality and corruption.

Ms Callamard’s comments angered Mr Duterte, whose spokesman Ernesto Abella said she had failed to notify the government of her visit to Manila in a “clear signal” she was not interested in an objective view.

But Ms Callamard said she had informed Manila of her trip in advance and was participating in an academic human rights forum in her private capacity.

She praised Filipinos who have spoken out against the killings.

“I have followed the testimonies of the relatives of victims, I have seen the brave work of civil society actors, lawyers, human rights defenders, academics, senators,” she said.

Mr Duterte was elected promising to wipe out illegal drugs within months, declaring among other outlandish statements that fish in Manila Bay would grow fat from the bodies of drug users and pushers.

A complaint has been filed in the International Criminal Court at The Hague citing Mr Duterte and 11 of his officials for crimes against humanity.

The court has yet to decide if it would accept the case.


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Australia crushes New Zealand 30-12 in final Anzac Test

Australia crushes New Zealand 30-12 in final Anzac Test Josh Dugan of Australia celebrates scoring a try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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Referee Matt Cecchin gestures during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Kanagroos supporters cheer during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Valentine Holmes of Australia fails to ground the ball properly during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Man of the match Matt Gillett of Australia is pictured with his daughter during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Kiwis perform the Haka during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Team mates celebrate the try of Jake Trbojevic of Australia during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan, Tyson Frizell and Johnathan Thurston of the Kangaroos celebrate Tyson Frizell scoring a try as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis looks dejected during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

An area of chairs is set aside as a tribute to domestic violence against women during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Kiwis perform the Haka before kick-off in the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Adam Blair of the Kiwis is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Adam Blair of the Kiwis is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Team mates celebrate the try of Jake Trbojevic of Australia during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga congratulates man of the match Matt Gillett after the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Kiwis perform the Haka before kick-off in the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Kangaroos celebrate with the trophy after victory during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jake Trbojevic of Australia scores a try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

James Maloney watches on from the sideline during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Andrew Fifita of Australia is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Martin Taupau of the Kiwis looks dejected after a Kangaroos try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Simon Mannering of the Kiwis looks dejected after a Kangaroos try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Boyd Cordner of Australia is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Andrew Fifita of Australia celebrates a try that was later disallowed during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jesse Bromwich of the Kiwis runs out to the field before the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sam Thaiday of Australia in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Dean Whare of the Kiwis makes a line break during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Dean Whare of the Kiwis makes a line break during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Johnathan Thurston of Australia passes during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis watches on during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis watches on during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan of the Kangaroos receives attention for an injury during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan of the Kangaroos receives attention for an injury during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan of the Kangaroos receives attention for an injury during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Andrew Fifita of the Kangaroos is tackled by Simon Mannering of the Kiwis during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Simon Mannering of the Kiwis is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Simon Mannering of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jordan Rapana of the Kiwis looks dejected after havign a try disallowed during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Kieran Foran of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kieran Foran of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Tyson Frizell of the Kangaroos celebrates scoring a try as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis looks dejected during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Tyson Frizell of the Kangaroos celebrates scoring a try as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis looks dejected during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Kiwis walks out before the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Trent Merrin of Australia runs the ball during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Johnathan Thurston and Will Chambers of the Kangaroos celebrate Will Chambers scoring a try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

TweetFacebookAustralia have sounded a pre-World Cup warning to rival nations with a comprehensive 30-12 defeat over New Zealand in the final Anzac Test on Friday night.

However the win — on a night skipper Cameron Smith celebrated his 50th Test — was soured by a possible fractured cheekbone to Josh Dugan that could rule him out of State of Origin.

The St George Illawarra star came from the GIO Stadium field midway through the second half after clashing heads with Kiwis prop and clubmate Russell Packer and failed to return.

His injury was the only low point on a dominant night for the world No.1 nation, which raced to a 30-0 lead before taking their foot off the pedal and allowing the Kiwis two consolation tries.

Almost one year after breaking a three-game losing streak against the Kiwis in Newcastle, a crowd of 18,535 watched the home side make it five straight wins against the world No.2.

Johnathan Thurston showed no lingering effects of a calf issue by setting up two tries, while second-rowers Boyd Cordner and Matt Gillett also turned in strong defensive efforts.

Blake Ferguson continued his Four Nations form with a game-high 214 metres.

Up 24-0 at the break, the Kangaroos appeared on their way to a record victory when Jake Trbojevic took a no-look pass from Cooper Cronk soon after resumption.

But the Dugan exit coincided with a mini fightback from the visitors, who scored the final two tries through Simon Mannering and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

On a night they fielded arguably their strongest side in recent memory following the anticipated return of Kieran Foran, the Kiwis disappointed.

They have now won just one of their past eight Tests.

Dugan opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when he soared to take Thurston’s cross-field kick, and Ferguson doubled the advantage with a 90-metre intercept soon after.

The visitors twice had opportunities to steal momentum, but Tuivasa-Sheck was held up over the line and Shaun Johnson’s bat-on was ruled forward in the same set.

The failures opened the floodgates in defence, with Will Chambers scooting through untouched following Sam Thaiday’s 30-metre break, and Tyson Frizell completing the four-try halftime lead.

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Photos from across Australia: April 30 to May 6, 2017

The week in pictures: May 6, 2017 NEWCASTLE: A foggy start to May failed to deter surfers. Picture: Dave Anderson
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BENDIGO: Sisters Isabelle Smith and Hannah Smith competed in the Trans-Tasman Oceania Inline Hockey Championships in NZ. Their under-14 junior women team won gold against NZ.

BATHURST: Bathurst RC Model Sports club members Michael Cluderay, Peter Kazanis and club secretary Mitchell Finn with their radio controlled models. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BENDIGO: NDIS Rollout for Loddon celebration. Jordana Sayle with her mother Annette Sayle. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Band Tusk, which will be appearing at Groovin The Moo. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Premier Daniel Andrews visits Kaliana School. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BALLARAT: The Lost Ones Basement Bar, owner Tara Poole. Photo: Kate Healy

BENDIGO: Bendigo Health will host a day to celebrate being healthy and active at any age. Judy Foster, Leah Callipari and Mabel Nicholls. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Premier Daniel Andrews visits Kaliana School. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BALLARAT: The newly redeveloped Marty Busch Reserve in Sebasotpol. Photo: Luke Parker

BENDIGO: Melbourne’s Jessica Viscarde and Ryan Ward enjoy autumn in Bendigo. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

BALLARAT: Japanese Day at St Columbas Primary School. Photo: Kate Healy

BENDIGO: Jeanine Kolasa, whose Glitch exhibition opened on Thursday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

TAREE: Matthew Cloak with Jemma before they take off on the annual Mutts on the Manning fundraising walk for animal welfare. Photo: Janine Watson

BENDIGO: Jida Gulpilil. Ambulance Victoria will launch its first comprehensive plan to engage and partner with the community. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

BENDIGO: American TV show House Hunters is filming in Bendigo. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

NARROMINE: Celebrating 40 years of Garden Club are Sisters Janet Coote, Bona Martin, Beryl Smith, Mary Mowell and Trish Fisher. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO: White Hill Primary School students make shadow sculptures as part of a learning workshop with student-teachers. Picture: DARREN HOWE

NYNGAN: Matilda Bright won best dressed tiny tot at the Anzac Races. Photo: GRACE RYAN

NEWCASTLE: A huge crowd at the Supercars community day.

FORBES: Parkes Shire Council staff member Ben Coultas observing drivers for compliance with seatbelt and mobile phone legislation.

BLAYNEY: Raymond Hawkins is bringing a 55 voice gospel choir, led by Tony Backhouse and featuring singers from New Zealand and Australia, to Millthorpe. Photo: Mark Logan.

ORANGE: English backpacker Daniel Baxter is one of the men who will be running the Freak Out at the Orange Show. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NEWCASTLE: TK Maxx opens in Kotara. Picture: Marina Neil

MAITLAND: Greta teen Jimmy Jones with his mum, Natalie, beside the accident scene on the New England Highway. Picture: Simone De Peak

LITHGOW: Kasey Mill, Joshua Grant and Ursula Saunders with Shaggy, their prize ram and one of their ewes. Picture: KIRSTY HORTON

BOOROWA: Felicity Corcoran with some of the gear purchased by the Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary last year. The Auxiliary hopes to continue purchasing new equipment this year.

PORT STEPHENS: More than 350 dozen oysters were stolen from Richard Farley’s business on the Karuah River on Saturday in the latest targeted attack on farmers. Picture: Marina Neil.

PORT MACQUARIE: University students Fran Dorczak, Alexis Nicholson and Kerryn McCauley are concerned over proposed fee hikes Photo: Ivan Sajko

OBERON: Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox and secretary Neville Stapleton are looking to recruit new members.

NEWCASTLE: Knights duo Nathan Ross and Pauli Pauli will make their representative debut against Country on Sunday.

NEWCASTLE: Dr Virginia Turner, with one-year-old daughter, Mabel as the John Hunter Hospital opens its PICU. Picture: Simone De Peak.

LAKE MACQUARIE: Kelvin and Marion Gillespie’s home is one of an untold number in the Hunter damaged by expanding road mix. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

KEMPSEY: Quaden Bayles who has dwarfism with his mother Yarraka Photo: Lachlan Leeming.

GRETA: Greta six-year-old Harry Preece has booked his place in the Australian junior team for a tour of America in July. Picture: Harry Preece Golf_Facebook

DUBBO: Murray Mandel said he wanted to reach out to as many people as possible about Lifeline. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

DUBBO: Tracy Hanna with the cheque for $10,000 she was given by the organisers of the Titan Macquarie Mud Run. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

CESSNOCK: Paul, Lorraine and Craig Thompson at the ceremony on Tuesday. Picture: Sage Swinton

TAREE: Emergency services help the woman as she remains trapped in the overturned RTV. Photo: NSW Police

PORT STEPHENS: Olympic shooter Michael Diamond leaves court after he was banned from holding a gun licence for 10 years.

MANDURAH: Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott answers question from Mandurah Catholic College Students and gave his opinion on’Gonski 2.0′ education funding plan. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

CESSNOCK: A kangaroo joins the race in the last.

BATHURST: Bathurst Tenpin Bowling’s Dwayne Price, Dan Simms, Pikachu and Zing’s Cassandra Healey are hosting events to help fundraise for the Starlight Foundation. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

NYNGAN: The under 25s most fashionable finalists at the Nyngan Anzac Day Races. Photo: GRACE RYAN

NYNGAN: Jade Kirk, Alli Jenkins, Katie Elrick and Emily Morel at the Anzac Races. Photo: GRACE RYAN

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Death cap mushrooms found in Launceston

World’s deadliest mushrooms found near child’s playground TweetFacebookAmanita phalloides were found under an oak tree near the children’s playground at City Park in Launceston.
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The deadly mushrooms havebeen sprouting in Victoria and Canberra lately, prompting health warnings, and have also been found in other parts of Australia.

UTAS mycologist Dr Genevieve Gates

UTAS mycologistDrGenevieveGates identified the death cap mushrooms growing at City Park from photographs, and warned people not to pick or eat any wild mushrooms.

“We have a lot of species we don’t know the names of anddon’t know if they’re poisonous or not.We strongly recommend that people collect their fungi in the supermarket. People shouldn’t even handle ‘death caps’.”

DEADLY: Amanita phalloides, commonly known as the death cap mushroom, has been discovered at City Park. Picture: Paul Scambler

City of Launceston general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the council had advised parks staff to be on the lookout for this species and to catalogue, report and eradicate them.

“We remind people that they shouldn’t eat anything they are unsure about from parks and reserves, especially mushrooms,” he said.

“This species is commonly found growing near established oak trees, and people with oak trees on their properties may wish to check them.”

A document from the Australian National Botanical Gardens said if people ate the mushrooms, they needed to go to hospital immediately.

“The poisons in one cap are enough to kill a healthy adult and less will be enough to kill a small child.”

The document described young caps as close to hemispherical in shape that flatten as they expand.

“When fully open they are gently curved and smooth. The colour is usually yellowish-green, but may sometimes be olive to light brown.”


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