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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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#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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#13 Pelargonium australe – Southern Storksbill

This pretty, wild geranium grows over much of southern Australia. It is a low-growing, spreading perrenial herb with a fleshy taproot. According to my “Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants” Vol 7, Aborigines once used the root of this species as a … Continue reading

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#12 Correa backhouseana – the Coastal Correa

Two Correa species have been recorded on Maatsuyker Island – C. lawrenceana and C. backhouseana. In family Rutaceae, the genus Correa is named after the Portuguese botanist known as Abbé Correa.  Both species were first described by English botanist Sir … Continue reading

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#11 Eucalyptus nitida – The Lightkeepers Tree

Eucalyptus nitida, in family Myrtaceae; common name Smithton Peppermint. “Nitida” is Latin meaning shining or bright, referring to the glossy foliage. The Atlas of Living Australia shows some recordings in NSW and Victoria but most references I can find indicate … Continue reading

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#10 Clematis aristata

Clematis aristata in family Ranunculaceae. A vigorous climber, widespread, occurring in moist sheltered forests, it is also found in NSW, Vic, Qld and W.A. The name Clematis is from Greek “clematis” meaning “a climber”, and aristata from Latin “arista” meaning … Continue reading

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