a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The beautiful and incredibly diverse plants of the Australian heathlands and Mallee...
Like other Proteaceae, the structure and colours of a Grevillea flowers are dominated by the female parts.
Banksia ericifolia (Kings Park, Australia). Found in cliff and/or coastal heathlands in eastern NSW.
Not quite the biggest genus of plants in Australia (that record belongs to Acacia), but arguably the most important. There are some beautiful Eucalypts in the south-west region of Australia, and they are of course the dominant tree that makes up the ecosystem and name of 'Mallee'.
Eucalyptus macrocarpa, 'Mottlecah', (Kings Park, Australia). Mallee form. Silver leaves, round, arranged tightly opposite along branches. The largest flower of any Eucalyptus, bright red in colour. Large following 'gumnut'. Endemic to the northern heathlands of south-western Australia.
Some species are called 'Bottlebrush' and they are related and look similar to the genus Callistemon. There are some 22 species in this genus. They are all endemic to the south west of Australia.
Beaufortia (Kings Park, Australia).
Most of the 100 species are found in the sandy soils of the heathlands of south-west Australia.
Verticordia ethteliana, (Kings Park, Australia).
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.