|Eastern New South Wales is a land of gentle, rolling mountains and coastal|
plains covered in green forest.
|Hakea multilineata is a spectacular member of the Proteaceae.|
|This coastal heath is dominated by Allocasuarina|
Allocasuarina nana has jointed green stems and rudimentary leaves. The flowers are
tiny, and hidden in reddish cone-like clusters.
|A ground orchid in the genus Glossodia.|
|Cakile edentula (Brassicaceae) struggles to keep above shifting beach sand.|
|Boronia megastigma (Rutaceae) is a common shrub in the lowlands of New South Wales.|
|Isopogon anemonifolius is another member of the widespread southern hemisphere|
family Proteaceae. The bloom is a compound head of many small flowers.
The tubular red flowers of Epacris longiflora (Ericaceae) are similar to some of the heaths
in South Africa, and are probably also pollinated by nectar-feeding birds.
|Epacris breviflora has shorter, white flowers.|
|Dracophyllum secundum is a third member of the|
Ericaceae blooming during my visit.
|The bright blue flowers of Dampiera diversifolia (Goodeniaceae) fill a fertile space between rocks.|
|The legume, Kennedia rubicunda, creeps along the|
|Forests in the Snowy Mountains are dominated by tall Eucalyptus trees, with an|
understory of tree ferns.
|Despite their tropical appearance, the tree ferns of |
the snowy mountains are cold-tolerant. These have
been coated with snow in a late season storm.
|The taller tree ferns are in the genus Cyathea, and the |
shorter ones in the genus Dicksonia.
|Tmesipteris is a relative of the common fern relative, Psilotum.|
|Tree ferns frame an inviting waterfall in the Snowy Mountains.|
|Many tree ferns in this area have been poached, their trunks hacked off for the horticultural tree fern fiber trade, or for rooting and sale as specimen plants.|
|Dichopogon strictus or fimbriatum (syn.: Arthropodium fimbriatum) The|
picture is not clear enough
for a positive ID of this interesting
monocot in the Asparagaceae.