Category Archives: Native Plants of Maatsuyker Island

#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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#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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#14 Drymophila cyanocarpa – Turquoise Berry

Named by Robert Brown. In the family Luzuriagaceae, formerly Liliaceae. The genus Drymophila is endemic to Australia and has only two species – D. cyanocarpa and D.moorei (which has orange-yellow berries). D. cyanocarpa is the only species of the family … Continue reading

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