By: Judy Evans
The Hibbertia genus belongs to the Dilleniaceae family and consists of some 120 species of small evergreen shrubs and climbers. Most of these species are native to Australia. They are often called by the common name of ‘Guinea Flower’. Members of this genus generally...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Dryandra is endemic to Western Australia. There are 90 odd species of these striking, evergreen shrubs ranging from low or prostrate shrubs to small bushy trees. They belong to the protea (Proteaceae) family and are related to, and closely resemble, the banksia. The...
By: Judy Evans
The calytrix genus is endemic to Australia and has around 75 species. Most species are found in the southern areas of Western Australia but some are distributed throughout the continent. Calytrix belongs to the Myrtaceae family (myrtles). Calytrix bushes are commonly called fringe myrtles or...
By: Judy Evans
The Australian native plant, Dampiera, is endemic to Australia. It gets its name from the British explorer, William Dampier (1652-1715), who sailed to Australia during the 17th century. There are over 60 species of Dampiera which belong to the Goodeniaceae family. Most are perennial herbs...
By: Judy Evans
Darwinia is a genus of small to medium evergreen shrubs. They are endemic to Australia with most of the 45 or so species coming from Western Australia. Darwinias belong to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). The leaves are small and marked with numerous oil glands. Long...
Plant profiles: Eremophila, the Emu Bush
By: Judy Evans
Eremophila genus has the common name of Emu Bush. The 200 odd species in the genus are all native to mainland Australia. The genus is part of the boobialla family (Myoporaceae). The emu bush is found mostly in semi-arid and arid regions. They are evergreen...
Plant profiles: Epacris, or Australian Heath
By: Judy Evans
Epacris plants belong to the heath (Ericaceae) family. Apart from two species, the 40 odd species are all native to south-eastern Australia (including Tasmania). Several species occur at high altitudes in the Australian Alps while the rest grow in a variety of places including heathland...
By: Judy Evans
The representatives of the Jacksonia genus of Australian native plants often have very distinctive odours so much so that some species are called ‘stinkwoods’. The genus is part of the pea-flower subfamily of the legume family Fabaceae. There are some 40 species in the...
Plant profiles: Kangaroo Paw
By: Judy Evans
If there is one Australian wildflower which spells ‘Australia’ to visitors, surely it is the spectacular kangaroo paw. As the name implies, the kangaroo paw flower is remarkably like the hand or paw of that great Australian icon, the kangaroo. The kangaroo paw makes...
By: Judy Evans
There are over 900 acacia species native to Australia and Acacia acuminata is one of these. It has the local name of ‘jam tree’, as the smell of freshly cut wood is reminiscent of raspberry jam. The acacias are a large group of shrubs...

 

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