And of course Illawarra locals are well represented, as many of them also occur in other parts of the country. A visit to the ANBG is well worth it to get a sense of how versatile and adaptable some of our local species are.
|Native Hydrangea (Abrophyllum ornans) growing happily|
in the shade.
|This is what the native Clematis (Clematis|
aristata) can do if you let it - go crazy and cover
any ugly structure in sight!
|Talking of unsightly structures, how's this for a toilet block?|
Absolutely covered in Native Sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia
violacea). The plant in the foreground is White Correa
|A gorgeous Finger Fern (Grammitis|
billardieri), a classic in Illawarra rainforest
|The Hairy Psychotria (Psychotria loniceroides)|
is rare in Illawarra but makes a beautiful understory
planting in rainforest gardens if you can obtain plants.
|Brush Pepperberry (Tasmannia insipida) grows in rainforest|
at many sites in the region here. This plant may be getting
a bit too much sun, judging from its colour.
|I was surprised to see the Stinking Illawarra Arum|
(Typhonium eliosurum) growing at the ANBG. These seedlings
were kept in a greenhouse, in quite tropical conditions.
|Not from the Botanic Gardens at all, this Austral Indigo|
was growing at the National Gallery of Australia, at the
edge of the sculpture garden. I'm probably a bit biased
but I go to the sculpture garden for the plants, not
for the sculptures!!