Canberra & Surrounds - October 2015 - Page 18

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Heysen Range from Walkandi Peak, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

©2013-15 Grant Da Costa

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National Botanic Gardens and Black Mountain

Right: The Gardens occupy 90 hectares on the slopes of Black Mountain although only 40 of those are currently developed. First mooted in the 1930s, planting did not commence until 1949 and the Gardens were not opened to the public until 1970. They currently contain the largest living collection of native Australian flora - more than 5,500 species. Here follow some of my favourites:

Above left: Paper Daisy.

Left: Grevillea trifida.

Right: another Grevillea.

Below: orchids.

Below: Poached Egg Daisies.

Below: the so-called “Wollemi Pine”. The Wollemia family was only known through fossil records until the Australian species Wollemia nobilis was discovered in 1994 in a temperate rainforest wilderness area of the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales by bushwalker David Noble. It was found in a remote series of narrow, steep-sided sandstone gorges 150 km north-west of Sydney. The location remains a secret as the species is critically endangered. It is not a true pine, rather it is a coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae. The oldest fossil of the Wollemi tree has been dated to 200 million years ago.

Above: carnivorous Pitcher Plants.

Right: Gippsland Waratah and native bees.

Left: it is fitting to finish this photo-essay with a view of Canberra from the Telstra tower on Black Mountain, high above the Gardens. I hope you have found it of interest.

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