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Flora of Tasmania

 

Tasmanian Giants.  Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans)  

Throughout history Tasmania has been logged extensively for its massive old growth forests which are worth their weight in gold. Thankfully nowadays there is a greater concern for the welfare of Tasmania’s forests. 

 

wildside next to mountain ash

Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) is one of the tallest growing plants in the world and the tallest of all flowering plants. The largest of this species is found in Tasmania and measures a whopping 100 metres tall. This species is also found in Victoria on the Australian mainland. 

Tasmanian Waratah

Tasmanian Waratah (Telopea truncata)

An endemic Tasmanian this nectar factory can be found flowering from mid to high altitudes throughout Tassie. The vast amounts of nectar produced by the vibrant scarlet red flowers attract many special bird and mammal species to feast upon its honey. 

Pencil Pine

Pencil Pine (Athrotaxis cupressoides)

Found throughout montane rainforests this beautiful native pine can grow to 15 metres tall and is endemic to Tasmania. 

myrtle beech

Myrtle Beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii)

This is an ancient plant which has survived thousands of years of glaciation, a natural effect which has destroyed many species of plants over time across the world but not the Myrtle Beech. If it were not for the survival of this plant scientist believe that Tasmania would not have the lush rainforests present throughout much of the green state. 

Scoparia

Scoparia (Richea scoparia)

Growing upon mountain plateaus it is one of the most widespread shrubs encountered. Endemic to Tasmania, prickly and awesome this plants flower comes in shades of pink, yellow and orange. 

button grass

Button Grass (Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus)

Button Grass is a clumping tussock grass which can grow up to 1 metre tall. The rhizomes or the white base of the plant are edible and highly rich in carbohydrates. The plant was given the name Button Grass after the seed heads which look like buttons. The seed heads protrude high above the plants base and provide quite the spectacle when wind bobs them across the grasslands which this plant forms.

The plant provides habitat and a food source for many animals. In particular the endangered Ground Parrot which lives, breeds and feeds within the Button Grass tussocks.  

 

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