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Temperate Freshwater

The freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers of temperate southern Australia...

Flowering plants

Order Myrtales

Family Myrtaceae

Species in this family often have leaves covered in oil glands. Thus when they are crushed, they usually have a strong 'tea-tree' smell. 

Melaleuca sp. 'Paperbarks'

The most obvious and dominant type of tree in Australian wetlands, both temperate and tropical, are the Melaleuca Paperbarks...

Melaleuca trees are often called 'paperbarks' because of the distinctive flakey and peeling appearance of the trunk.

Flower of Melaleucas are often often cream in colour and strong in a musky smell.

For a video of guided walk with Damon Ramsey through a Paperbark woodland 

Callistemon spp. 'Bottlebrush'

Callistemon flower are usually bright red in colour.

Order Anura: Frogs

(Lake Muir, WA)

 Ranoidea moorei, 'Motorbike Frog'. Endemic to south-west Australia.

For the page on the birds of the temperate freshwater wetlands of Australia

Can't go travelling until everything settles down? Here I am doing a virtual guided walk for Noble Caledonia, and here I am doing other virtual guided walks...