Australian cousins

During my recent visit to Victoria’s Alpine National Park in Australia, I was interested to see a number of familiar plants amongst the unfamiliar gum trees.

Searching Victoria’s Alpine National Park for Asplenium hookerianum.

Do you recognise any of these?

1. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand.

2. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand.

3. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand.

4. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand.

5. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand.

A harder one to finish off.

6. Photo by Leon Perrie, Curator. © Museum of New Zealand.

Answers:

1. Acaena novae-zelandiae, bidibidi, piripiri.  A species indigenous to both Australia and New Zealand.

2. Coprosma hirtella.  An endemic Australian species, but similar to those in New Zealand.

3. Aciphylla, speargrass (actually in the carrot family).

4. Scleranthus.  Popularly cultivated as a “moss hummock”, but actually a flowering plant.

5. Blechnum fluviatile, creek fern.  Looks a bit different to New Zealand plants. 

6. Derwentia.  A relative of New Zealand’s Hebe (note the similar leaf arrangement).  Now both regarded as constituents of a broad Veronica.

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