Tag Archives: Tasmania

#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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#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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A plug for FOMI Exhibition

Maatsuyker Exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania The Friends of Maatsuyker Island (FOMI) Wildcare Inc. invites all to visit their temporary exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania. The exhibition, open until mid-March 2016, showcases urgent works being undertaken … 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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Other birds

Native birds have been very much on my mind over summer here in the Blue Mountains.  For several weeks, a pair of lyre birds drove me crazy digging up my precious dendrobiums, scattering mulch the length of the driveway, exposing … Continue reading

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