A bit of Australian Flora

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I was fascinated by many of the plants I saw in SoutheasternAustralia, from interestingly shaped seed pods and husks, to vibrantly colored and textured tree barks.

This is Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem.

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I think these little purple flowers were so interesting, they looked like half flowers, missing the other side.

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DSCN3452 I love how these look like corn cobs on a bush.
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SONY DSCThis is a bottle brush after the flowers have fallen off.bottlebrush
and an Australian pine.
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Such a cute little cone, about an inch and a half long.
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seedsFerns are so beautiful when the spiral of the fiddle head is unfurling and they are exquisite when they dry to a silvery gray.

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Quite a few trees and bushes looked familiar to me since Eucalyptus grow very well in California,

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but there were some types that I had never seen before.

gumnutsgiant1Like these giant spiky balls, that reminded me of an ancient mace weapon.gumnutgiant2

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Look at this amazing tree bark!

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One fascinating fact about many trees in Australia, like Eucalyptus, is that they need fire to thrive.
barkburntThis trees exterior bark is blackened from fire
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on many you can see so much sap bubbled up on the surface its clear they must ignite like torches.
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It looks like beautiful golden amber.
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