I wasn't entirely sure what this one was at first, however I've decide it's a Curly Mountainheath, Dracophyllum milliganii. However, the flowers do seem a little coloured for this species, although the rest of the plant fits, so while I'm pretty sure its a D. milliganii, I'll stand corrected. It was comfortably co-existing here with some Pineapple Grass (Astelia alpina).
Saturday, 14 February 2009
This very obvious faultline sits on the steep slope of the saddle between Tarn Shelf and Mt Bridges, and is obvious from the lookout mention just above, as well as from several easy vantage points along the shelf.
Sunday, 1 February 2009
Milligania densiflora, the Silky or Common Milligania. Thes plants have some similarity to Astelia alpina, the Pineapple Grass, and I think that sometimes when people refer to Pineapple Grass, they have seen Milligania. There are several species of Milligania, and I'm not entirely sure how to tell them apart when they're not flowering. The colour of the leaf surfaces seems to be the key, but I'll have to see what the difference really is between green and blue-green.
Donatia novae-zelandiae, the Western Cushion Plant. In the 4th edition of "Flowers and Plants of Tasmania" (Launceston Field Naturalists Club) it appears to me that the photograph of this species has been confused with that of Dracophyllum minimum, which will confuse some people. The flowers appear to be the most obvious distinguishing feature.