Fish facts: Fish that walk
By: Jared Davidson
When most people think of fish they see a creature that lives in the water and swims around. Most people do not think about the several species of fish that can "walk" on land. These fish do not stand up and walk as must animals...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Brachyscome (or Brachycome) has the common name of Australian daisy. These are popular with home gardeners and give a choice of annuals, perennials or small shrubs. There are almost 100 species with many attractive cultivars. The Australian daisy occurs in a wide range...
By: Judy Evans
The pretty and popular dog rose belongs to the genus Bauera which was one of the first Australian genera to be described. It was named by Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) in honour of the German botanical artists, Ferdinand and Franz Bauer. There are just four...
By: Judy Evans
The aromatic boronia belongs to the rue family (Rutaceae). These evergreen shrubs are compact and small to medium-sized. All 140 odd species are endemic to Australia. The leaves may be simple or pinnate. The four-petalled flowers are small and often fragrant. Flower shape varies from...
By: Judy Evans
Bossiaeas belong to the legume family Fabaceae. There are some 50 species, all endemic to Australia. They are small to medium evergreen shrubs. New growth is often furry and branchlets may be tipped with spines. The blooms may be borne singly or in clusters of...
By: Judy Evans
The Australian wildflower genus Beaufortia was named early in the 19th century in honour of the Duchess of Beaufort. The Duchess of the time, Mary, was a patroness of horticulture. Beaufortia is endemic to south-west Western Australia. Like the melaleuca , kunzea and callistemon, it is...
Plant profiles: Flannel flower
By: Judy Evans
The Actinotus genus has 16 species, 15 of them endemic to Australia and 1 to New Zealand. All are herbaceous and either annuals, perennials or short-living shrubs. The Actinotus or flannel flower belongs to the carrot family Apiaceae and grows in a great variety of...
By: Judy Evans
Correas are Australian native plants which belong to the rue family (Rutaceae). They are evergreen shrubs and grow in temperate regions. The name ‘Correa’ was given to the species by Sir Joseph Banks in honour of his friend, Jose Francesco Correia da Serra, a...
By: Judy Evans
The Myrtle family contains many genera, one of which is Calothamnus (claw bush or net bush). There are around 40 species of this genus, all native to Western Australia and mostly found in the extreme south-west although some species occur in the arid inland areas...
By: Judy Evans
Western Australia has a plethora of horticultural species which are unique. The south-west region is particularly rich in plants that are not found anywhere else. One such genus is Chamelaucium which belongs to the Myrtaceae family (myrtles). There are around 30 species in this genus...

 

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