By: Judy Evans
The genus Kennedia has 16 species with all bar one being endemic to Australia. It has the common name of Coral Pea. These evergreen climbers and trailers are part of the pea-flower subfamily of the Fabaceae family which are legumes. Each leaf is made up...
By: Judy Evans
Lambertia plants are highly attractive to birds both for the nectar the flowers provide and as potential nesting sites. It is a small genus of some ten species, nine of which are endemic to Western Australia and one native to eastern New South Wales. The...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Leptospermum belongs to the myrtle family Myrtaceae. About 80 evergreen shrubs and small trees make up the genus. Mostly the species are endemic to Australia with one being from New Zealand and 2 from Southeast Asia. The small narrow leaves are often scented...
By: Judy Evans
The stunning blue leschenaultia is well-known to most Western Australians. It is found on roadsides and in bush areas throughout the south west regions of the state. The Leschenaultia genus (sometimes spelt Lechenaultia) comprises about 26 species. It is an Australian genus with most species...
By: Judy Evans
The Leucopogon (beard heath) is a large genus of around 230 species. Australia is home to around 200 of these evergreen shrubs and small trees, with the rest occurring in New Zealand, the Malay Archipelago and various Pacific Islands. Characteristics of this genus [which is...
By: Amanda Mittra
Dicotyledons are a group of flowering plants with specific features. Their primary and most distinguishing feature is the presence of two embryo leaves called cotyledons. This is the main basis for the differentiation between this set of flowering plants (dicotyledons, also called dicots) and the...
Plant profiles: Native Australian boobialla
By: Judy Evans
The Myoporum genus is part of the boobialla (Myoporaceae) family. Seventeen of the 30 odd species come from Australia. The Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Malay Archipelago and Mauritius are home to others. They are generally small to medium evergreen shrubs with simple leaves of varying...
By: Judy Evans
The Persoonia genus is endemic to Australia. It consists of around 100 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees. It is part of the protea family (Proteaceae). The fruits are succulent yellow or green drupes. They may be produced in large, heavy clusters. Most of...
By: Judy Evans
The pimelea or rice flower genus consists of around 110 species. These evergreen shrubs form part of the daphne family (Thymelaeaceae). The vast majority of the species (about 90) are endemic to Australia, and the rest to New Zealand. The bark of the pimelea is...
By: Judy Evans
There are around 100 species of evergreen shrubs belonging to this Australian genus. The genus is part of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Most species have highly scented opposite leaves on squarish stems earning them the common name of ‘mint bush’. The tubular flowers are...

 

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