|Alstroemeria patagonica, in the cold and windy Torres del Paine NP, Chilean Patagonia.|
The family, Alstroemeriaceae, is limited to South America.
|Bossiaea foliosa, Buccleuch State Forest, west of Canberra.|
This lovely pea shrub lights up the entire Snow Gum understorey in early summer in a good season.
|Calceolaria biflora, again from Torres del Paine NP. |
Current thinking takes it out of Scrophulariaceae and puts it into its own family, Calceolariaceae.
One of several unrelated plants called 'Lady's Slippers' for obvious reasons.
|Dillwynia sericea, Silky Parrot Pea, Canberra|
A common and distinctive shrub in the dry forests that are my 'back yard'.
|Eremophila maculata, south-west Queensland. Family Myoporaceae (or Scrophulariaceae).|
A yellow form of a generally red flowering shrub, widespread in inland Australia.
|Gavilea lutea, Torres del P aine NP, Chile. |
A spectacular big orchid from grassy areas of the far south of South America.
|Hypoxis sp., Ngaoundaba Ranch, central Cameroon. This is a huge genus of some 150 species found in damp grassy places right across the southern hemisphere, including 10 in Australia. Family Hypoxidaceae.|
|Isopogon anethifolius, Bundanoon, New South Wales. Family Proteaceae.|
An important component, as a genus, of sandy and sandstone heathlands in south-west and south-east Australia.
|Jonesiopsi roei, north-east of Perth. And I agree, it's not very yellow, but I was struggling a bit for J.|
This one's for the eminent (and some might suggest maverick) Australian orchidologist David Jones.
|Labichea lanceolata, Kalbarri NP, Western Australia. Family Caesalpinaceae.|
An endemic genus of 14 species found across inland northern Australia.
|Microseris lanceolata, Canberra. A widespread, but now uncommon, species of daisy, whose story I told here last yeat.|
|Nuytsia floribunda, Western Australian Christmas Tree, Cape le Grande National Park, family Loranthaceae.|
A mistletoe that grows as a tree, drawing water and nutrients from the roots of nearby plants.
|Odontoglossum mystacimum, Manu National Park cloud forest, Peru.|
A huge orchid genus, with some truly spectacular species;
this is one of my favourites, growing at 4000 metres above sea level.
|Podolepis jaceoides, Namadgi National Park near Canberra.|
I love the 'frayed ends' of the ray florets of these big high country daisies.
|Ranunculus sp., Tallong, New South Wales. |
The surface cell structure of these buttercups acts as a mirror to attract pollinating insects.
|Senna coriacea, Caralue Bluff Conservation Park, South Australia. Family Caesalpinaceae.|
The sennas are found throughout inland Australia, brightening entire landscapes sometimes.
|Tricoryne elatior, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra. Family Anthericaceae (or Phormiaceae).|
A summer-flowering lily of grasslands, one of seven Australian members of the genus
(one of which extends to New Guinea).
|Utrichularia odorata, Fogg Dam near Darwin, Northern Territory. Family Lentibulariaceae.|
The bladderworts grow in water, trapping tiny animals in senstive 'bags' on the roots.
|Viola maculata, Chilean Patagonia.|
Was it so unreasonable to expect that violets should be violet - even in South America? Apparently yes.
|Waitzia nitida, Kalbarri NP, Western Australia.|
An attractive widespread group of about five dryland Australian paper daisies.
|Xyris operculata, Morton National Park, New South Wales.|
An enormous genus of wetland plants found mostly in northern South America.
(I bet you didn't think I coud do an X...)
|Zygophyllum auranticum, Lake Gilles Conservation Park, South Australia.|
Twin-leaves - the direct translation of the genus name - grow naturally from Africa,
via the Mediterranean, to Asia and Australia.
I hope you've had fun, thanks for coming along.