Wednesday, December 31, 2008

First comments on flora

The Gardens area has many interesting and beautiful flowers - the reason it was given its name. Yes, I know it's not very original, but you have to admire the almost defiant lack of imagination in names like "Big Lagoon!"

The picture above is a Mosquito Orchid (Acianthus pusillus) and is from the Key to Tasmanian Vascular Plants at the University of Tasmania. This orchid, and many others can be found down around the lightly treed area along the Old Gardens Road, more glamorously known as the Tip Road.

The secret to finding it, is to look along the verges of the road or other slightly open areas for the small heart shaped leaves which are clearly visible in the photo above. Believe it or not it's easier to find them, and then notice the flowers which blend pretty well into the background.

Happily, the "mosquito" part of the plant name refers to the shape of the flower, not to any prevalence of that insect!

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