Australia really does have a distinctive array of flora. Tall eucalyptus trees with textured bark or pale trunks, grey-green leaves and bright green ferns, flowers ranging from bright yellows and pinks to dusty reds and gold. The Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, a botanical garden inhabited by solely native plants, is a place dedicated to this distinctive variety. The collection of native plants covers 90 hectares and is home to specimens from all around Australia, with the aim of making the Gardens truly ‘national’ in character.
Golden yellow wattle in flower, a sure sign of late winter, with the pale winter light of a setting sun behind it; Large green ferns grow in a cool dark gully.
Golden banksia flowers peak out from the grey green leaves.
Diagonal stripes of richly textured bark; Tall white eucalyptus trunks against a bush landscape.
Dusty red grevillea flowers in late afternoon light.
Small and delicate yellow grevillea flowers; Fallen dried bark collects in the crevice between the two trunk arms of pale eucalyptus trees.
Layers of small ferns in a cool dark gully; The distinctive shape of golden banksia flowers.
A close up of bright pink grevillea flowers.