a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The diverse plants and beautiful flowers of the Australian temperate forests...
Adenanthos barbiger, 'Hairy Jug Flower' Usually found in understory of jarrah forests only in south-west Australia.
Banksia grandis, 'Bull Banksia'. It often grows as just a shrub, but sometimes becomes a large tree. Can be found in heath and woodland, only in south-west Australia.
Banksia grandis produce a huge banksia cone.
Banksia menziesii, 'Firewood Banksia'. Grows as a tree or shrub. Flowering occurs in winter and the inflorescence is striking and varied; they often appear fluffy and yellow on the bottom half and with fine red stripes in the trop. Endemic to the scrub and woodlands of south-western Australia.
Allocasuarina fruit. The Allocasuarina genus is closely related to Casuarina. The species are endemic to Australia.
A small group of trees and shrubs endemic to south-west Australia.
Agonic flexuosa, '(Western Australian) Peppermint' trees are short trees with have fibrous bark. They are mostly found near the coast and are endemic to south-west Australia.
Agonic flexuosa, '(Western Australian) Peppermint', have slim leaves giving them a 'weeping willow' appearance. The fruits are circular and woody.
Corymbia calophylla, 'Marri'. This often tall tree has tessellated bark, which bleeds red sap when cut. An important tree that dominates the temperate forests that it lives in, and thus defines that vegetation type. Often grows with Eucalyptus marginata 'Jarrah'. Endemic to south-west Australia.
Corymbia calophylla, 'Marri' leaves.
Corymbia calophylla, 'Marri' gum nuts are large for a bloodwood. They are known as 'Honky Nuts' and were thought to be the main inspiration for 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie'.
Corymbia calophylla, 'Marri' copious red sap from tree trunk when damaged.
Eucalyptus marginata, 'Jarrah'. An important tree that dominates the temperate forests that it lives in, and thus defines that vegetation type. Often grows next to Corymbia calophyllum 'Marri'. Endemic to south-west Australia.
Eucalyptus marginata, 'Jarrah'. The trunk has fibrous thick stringy bark.
A small genus of small bushes endemic to temperate Australia.
Astroloma epicradis. Small herb of the understory. Endemic to south-west Australia.
One of the most distinctive and recognizable of all flowers, the Scaevola has the petals on one side but not the other.
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