Entering Terra Australis

It’s been a while – this must be one of the most frequently written sentences on blogs.

The reasons in my case being several: relocation to the other end of the world, down under that is, new job (again not related to biology or plants), and a major confusion about the surrounding flora.

Beautiful and bizarre as they may be, not seeing Asteracea come out in autumn and leaves fall in winter has been extremely confusing.

Indeed, winter here (Sydney) means that most of the plants have not shed their foliage. Only a few park- and street-planted trees showed the familiar fall colors. But for the rest: green and lush as ever – and what’s more: some of them even flowering!

In ignorance of names, here are a few of the pictures taken now two weekends ago on the scenic coastal walk from Spit Bridge to Manly.

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One thought on “Entering Terra Australis

  1. margaretrdonald

    Love the light in your photo of the native fuchsia (Epacris longiflora). (top left). Winter and autumn are wonderful seasons for the coastal heathlands of Sydney. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Epacris~longiflora
    Bottom left is the red spider flower (Grevillea speciosa)
    http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Grevillea~speciosa
    (But you have probably worked these out long ago.) I couldn’t see what I was looking at with the other two photos…
    I notice you use Flickr. One useful way of finding out what plant it is that you are looking at, is to post your photos on Flickr and and post the unknown plants to “What plant is that?” group…

    Lovely to see you enjoying our flora.

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