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Plant of the Week

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, August 18, 2014/Categories: photography, art and design, plants

Time for a 'plant of the week' selection. The Silver Grasstree ( Kingia australia ), is a singular genus with one surviving species. The silver-grey trees are remnants from the flora of Gondwanaland, the super-continent that broke apart into India, Madagascar, South Africa, Antarctica, and Australia. Tiny pockets of these endemic trees exist only in scattered landscapes of the southwestern corner of Western Australia.

You can almost imagine a prehistoric, giant wombat of wallaby grazing the understory of these ancient groves.


Silver Grasstrees ( Kingia australis ), Southwestern WA  (credit: SWP Media)

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