Nan and Walt's 1999 - 2000 Sabbatical
Report #10, May 10, 2000 - Part IIb
Flora


Australia has many varieties of trees and flowers that are new to us.  Many of the plants that we saw in South Africa are here as well.  That isn't too surprising as the latitude is about the same and Perth has the same kind of climate due to the closeness to the ocean. But, it is really interesting to see spider plants, rubber tree plants, and shefflora growing outdoors!

I found these "fern trees" interesting.

  

The plant on the left is one of the many varieties of banksia that are prevalent in this area.  The one on the right is a bottlebrush plant.

I think this one is called Christmas tree, although I don't know anything about the origin of the name!

  

I'm not sure about the names of either of these, although I think the one on the left is a type of feather flower.  The one on the right looks like a bouquet of tiny flowers.  It comes in a white version as well.

(Per M. Kriek: "Left appears like an Acacia species, the right with orange-and-red flower is certainly Lantana camara from South America, a world-wide invader in warm climates.")

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Nan C. Schaller
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10 May 2000