Nature Profiles

Australian Plants

Australia has a spectacularly varied flora, with much of it endemic.  The south-west of Western Australia is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, with a world-famous flora.  The specific geography and long isolation of Australia has led to much regional endemism in plants (and animals).  The Great Dividing Range separates the wet east coast from the much drier inland areas, each of which has its own distinctive plant communites.  The higher areas of the GDR are genuinely alpine, and along with Tasmania, share a range of plant families related to those of alpine New Zealand.

Many thanks to the staff at State Flora, Merrick Savage of Eyre Native Seeds, Helen Vonow of the SA State Herbarium and John Fleming of Friends of Black Hill & Morialta for their generous help with tricky identifications!