Australian Wildflowers: Part Two [Index]
As Diverse and as Colourful as the Rugged Landscape
"Flowering plants like no others in the world!"
Golden Wattle - (Acacia pycnantha)
The Golden Wattle is used as a symbol of Australia the branches of the Wattle are used as an ornamental accessory on the Australian coat of arms.
The Wattle tree explodes with very bright yellow flowers when in season. The Wattle has been exported to the northern hemisphere and is to be found in Britain, California and far as South Africa.
Sturt's Desert Pea - (Swainsona formosa)
The Sturt's Desert Pea is a hardy beautifull and most interesting creeping vine.The plant has silky grey-green leaves and stems are covered with downy hairs. The flower or blossom is like a bean blossom, but much larger. The petals are deep bright or blood red colour with a glossy black swelling when in flower they really stand out.
The State Flower of South Australia
Tasmanian Blue Gum - (Eucalyptus globulus)
Tasmanian Blue Gum is a tall straight evergreen tree and often grows to 65 -70 metres. The tree has grey bark and has a roughness about it.
The leaves are a broad dark shining green covered with a blue-grey waxy bloom on square stems and are about 5 to 15 cm long. The cream coloured flowers have yellow centre and burst to life.
The State Flower of Tasmaina Australia
Common Heath - (Epacris impressa)
The Common Heath is a pretty and slender, upright shrub which grows to around a metre in height. It has many colour including pure white, pale pink, rose pink, crimson, scarlet and rare double flowered forms. The pink flower was the one chosen and proclaimed as Victoria's floral emblem.
The State Flower of Victoria
Sturt's Desert Rose - (Gossypium sturtianum)
Sturts Desert Rose has been known by many names like the Australian Cotton, River Rose and Cotton Rosebush. It grows within rocks and slopes on rocky ground you will find it dry creek beds. The plant has dark green leaves often with black stipples with mauve petals with red bases forming a contrasting centre in each flower. It is to be found in the southern part of the Northern Territory.
The State Flower of Northern Territory Australia
Royal Bluebell - (Wahlenbergia gloriosa)
Royal Bluebell has violet blue flowers are up to 2-3 cm in diameter and have a pale centre with blue base of the petals combined with the purple style which ends in two white stigmas. The flowers may be erect or bent over and are on the end of long slender stems. It is a small perennial herb with oblong leaves.
The State Flower of the Australian Capital Territory Australia
Cooktown Orchid - (Dendrobium phalaenopsis)
Cooktown Orchid are found in northern Queensland and used to grow in abundance around Cooktown but today is quite rare. The plant grows up to 80 cm in height and can have from 3 to 20 flowering canes up to 1.5 cm in diameter. The stems that hold the flowers are 10 to 40 cm long and can carry a number of flowers.
The State Flower of Queensland
Waratah - (Telopea speciosissima)
The Waratah could only be described as spectacular. The entire plant boasts boldness with it's bright crimson which can grow to 4 meters, it has dark green leathery leaves that often are toothed edged from 13 to 25 cm in length. The plant petals are really hundreds of individual flowers crowded together into a dense heads.
The State Flower of New South Wales
Red and Green Kangaroo Paw - (Anigozanthos manglesii)
Red and Green Kangaroo Paw is aptly named as is similar to a real Kangaroo paw. The plant is a low growing evergreen shrub it has broad leaves that are about 30 to 60 cm long and taper to an acute apex.
The flowering stem grows to about a metre in height and the bases of the flowers are usually deep red and covered with woolly hairs.
The State Flower of Western Australia