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STURT’S DESERT ROSE
Floral Emblem for Northern Territory “Sturt’s Desert Rose” was selected in 1974. It is a member of the cotton family and is an arid plant which can be found in stony or rocky creek beds.
It was of course named after Charles Sturt who collected it during his journey to Central Australia in 1844-45
In Alice Springs it is a garden shrub but can also be found in South Australia, NSW and Qld
It is a gorgeous flower to see in its natural habitat!
“Waratah” is an Aboriginal name which means ‘red flowering tree’.
A beautiful plant when in flower and was described by early botanists as ‘a magnificent plant’.
The Waratah is the floral emblem of NSW and has become the most famous and recognisable Australian plant.
Lieutenant William Dawes was in the first fleet and noted this spectacular flower in his notebooks as ‘telopea’ which means “seen from afar” and ‘speciosissima’ meaning “most beautiful”.
I have to agree the Waratah stands head and shoulders above other plants, it truly is quite spectacular!
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Bex read The Aussie Outback Part to Miles....he certainly looks like he is having fun !
Hope you like it Miles, did you find Eric the Emu on each page? He likes to hide!
This wise looking character was named YODA due to his similarity to a certain Jedi master !!!
He has golden ears and amber coloured beady looking eyes with a fuzzy chest.
Yoda bat, is an unclassified species from the Nyctimene genus of large, tube-nosed bats spread throughout the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, NSW and Queensland.
I wouldn’t want to meet this character in a dark cave !!
BLUE TONGUE LIZARD
The eastern blue tongue lizard is probably the most well known reptile in Australia.
Some of these lizards can reach 60cm in total length. They are harmless but can inflict a painful bite if harassed. However, they prefer to carry out a bluff display to deter predators by emitting a loud hiss and opening the mouth to expose the vivid blue tongue.
Commonly found on the eastern and northern parts of Australia and we are lucky enough to have one of these characters in our garden, it loves to greet us when we come home each day!