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#4 Banksia marginata – the lonely Proteaceae

Banksia marginata, common name Honeysuckle referring to the large amounts of bird-attracting nectar produced by the golden flower cones. Also known as Coastal Banksia, and Silver Banksia, in this case referring to the off-white hairy undersurface of the leaves. The … Continue reading

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#15 Xerochrysum – Everlasting, Paper daisy

November, 2017 Update… I have just submitted my drawing of Xerochrysum papillosum for the Botanical Art Society of Australia (BASA) Worldwide Botanical Art Exhibition to be held in Canberra in May 2018. This exhibition will feature the native plants of … Continue reading

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#18 Exocarpos strictus – Native Cherry

When I started this blog years ago, one of the main reasons was to construct an online, easily searchable and updatable repository of photos and information I gathered while researching and drawing/painting the plants I observed on Maatsuyker Island.¬† I … Continue reading

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#17 Pimelea drupacea – Cherry Rice-flower

A shrub with very attractive flowers in the Thymelaeaceae¬†(Daphne) family. There are 90 species of the genus¬†Pimelia endemic to Australia, but P. drupacea is found only in Tasmania, where it is common, and Victoria, where its conservation status is endangered. … Continue reading

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Lomatia tasmanica – King’s Holly

A very special Tasmanian plant… for several reasons – arguably the oldest living plant in the world, believed to be at least 43,000 years old (possibly up to 135,000 years old); ref http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-09/botanists-try-to-save-the-worlds-oldest-living-plant/5659970 it is a triploid (has 3 sets … Continue reading

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#16 Coronidium scorpioides – an everlasting

Common name Button Everlasting, this glistening little gold jewel lights up the dense foliage along the track to the Red Shed. This plant belongs to the Asteraceae (daisy) family along with Acaena novae-zelandiae, Common Buzzy, Xerochrysum papillosum, and the Olearia … Continue reading

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My Maatsuyker Island Plant List

This plant list is a record of the plants I observed and studied on Maatsuyker Island during my artist residency. I am not a trained botanist so this list is informed by plant lists built by previous Maat visitors and … Continue reading

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