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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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#15 Xerochrysum – Everlasting, Paper daisy

Some new news… I was recently in discussion with a Tas Native Plant expert who had read this post and told me that this plant is in fact X. papillosum (not X. bicolor as I had concluded). There has recently … 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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Flora List – a bit of Maatsuyker history

Before I went to the island, I bought the recently-published (2010) Friends of Maatsuyker Island booklet “Maatsuyker Island”, ISBN 978-0-9808564-3-9, which contains a wealth of information including lists of flora and fauna.  Since my project was to draw/paint the flowering … Continue reading

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Argonauta nodosa – Paper Nautilus

Not exactly Maatsuyker Island botany, but … recently I have been studying mathematical patterns in plants  e.g. the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio. The image often used to illustrate this pattern in nature is the Chambered Nautilus shell.  My … Continue reading

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