I found the vegetation on our walks in Tassie very interesting and lots of the flowers very pretty. Some of them had information boards close by although sometimes it was difficult to match up trees and names.
Like a lot of native Australian plants you have to look closely to really appreciate the beauty of some of these. Some of the photos were taken under challenging conditions – in the wind and rain and when I was very tired. But I want to remember them. Remember to click on the photos to get the full picture.
I think this is a Myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamii) which is closely related to northern hemisphere beech trees. This species dominated the rainforests of Gondwana. You can only see the trunk in this photo, and that not very well.
These two photos are of a Gum-topped stringybark (Eucalyptus delegatensis). It’s also known as woolly butt because the bark is shed only form the top half of the tree. It can grow to ninety metres. This was on the way to Donaghy’s Hill Look-Out.
This is Buttongrass (Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus). So named because of its distinctive button-like flowers on long stalks. I think this grows in great meadows that we saw on the way to Queenstown. One of our notes talks about Buttongrass sedgeland which is found in poorly drained peaty and fairly acidic soils of low fertility. This photo was taken on the way to Donaghy’s Hill Look-Out.