Australian Plants
5 years, 11 months ago Posted in: Australian Plants, Sydney Plants 0
Acacia suaveolens (Sweet-scented wattle)

Family Mimosacaea This straggly shrub, up to about 1.5m is a familiar sight in Sydney bushland in winter. The shrub itself consists of just a few branches, which are flattened, and bear flattened, upright leaves at just the ends. When it flowers, however, it becomes conspicuous, with the end of the branches covered in creamy, [...]


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Thelymitra ixioides (Spotted Sun-orchid)

Family Orchidaceae This beautiful orchid is quite common in bushland. The flower stalk is up to 50cm long, and arises from a single, narrow grey-green leaf. Flowers are lilac to bright blue, and usually have a few spots on the upper three flower segments. Habitat: sandstone soils, in open forest and heath, slightly moist positions. [...]


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Dillwynia retorta (Eggs and bacon)

Family Fabaceae A straggly understorey shrub, mostly less than 1m high, with wiry branches and fine, needle-like leaves, which are twisted. The leaves are soft and not pungent. Flowers are borne in abundance. The flowers themselves are yellow with a red centre, like so many of the regions pea flowers. However, its tends to flower [...]


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Grevillea speciosa ssp. speciosa (Red spider flower)

Diagnosis: A shrub to 2 m tall, with ovate leaves and clusters of flowers on the end of the branches. The flowers are bright red and the red styles protrude about 20 mm from the perianth. Flowering: Spring Habitat: Open forest and heath, on sandy soils Distribution: This form is endemic to the Sydney area, [...]


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Leptospermum squarrosum (Pink tea tree)

Family Myrtaceae A tall and very erect shrub to 3 m, consisting of several vertical woody branches with a tuft of leaves on the top. The leaves are pretty non-descript and are ovate ending in a point, like those of so many other Leptospermum species. The flowers are pink, rather large, up to 2 cm [...]


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Woollsia pungens (Woollsia)

Family Epicidaceae This understorey shrub of less than 1m tall is densely covered in heart-shaped, light green, pungent leaves (hence the name). The new leaves appear as a little tuft at the top, whereas older leaves usually point downwards. Flowers appear just behind the ends of the branches. The flowers have five petals, which together [...]


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Epacris microphylla (Coral Heath)

Family Epacridaceae A very common shrub on heathlands. It is most spectacular when in flower. Masses of white flowers on a short tube are on the plants, just behind the ends of the branches. The leaves are small and insignificant. They are shaped like cups. Flowering: Late winter to Spring. Habitat: heath and open forest, [...]


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Hibbertia cistiflora

Family Dilleniaceae One of a number of species with needle-like leaves, this species can be recognised by the fact that the stamens are all on one side of the carpels, and the carpels do not have hair, as in Hibbertia riparia. Flowering: only in late winter/early spring Habitat: Moist areas in heath and scrubland, on [...]


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Dampieria stricta

Family Goodeniaceae A low, wiry, straggly shrub, with long, angular stems and elongate, often serrated leaves. The plant is never hairy,like the only other Dampieria in the Sydney district, Dampieria purpurea. The stems seem to have difficulty holding themselves up, as they are frequently found lying on the ground. This plant becomes really only noticeable [...]


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Hibbertia dentata

Family Dilleniaceae A twining creeping plant with large dark green, reddish leaves which are toothed at the margins. The flowers are larger than those of most Hibbertia species, but smaller than those of H. scandens, and are about 3 cm across. The plant has a creeping or twining habit. Flowering: mostly in spring Habitat: Sheltered [...]