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Standing out in the Gardens in

September

Phaius australis

(Swamp Orchid)

Family: Orchidaceae

Endangered, terrestrial orchid. Pleated leaves to 2m long. Flower spikes to 2m, spring to summer. Formerly Phaius tancarvillea.

Where to look:  Ephemeral Wetlands and Fern Glade.

 
 

Pararistolochia praevenosa

(Birdwing Butterfly Vine)

Family: Aristolochiaceae

Near-threatened woody climbing vin with twining stems. Leaves alternate to 25cm. Tubular, hairy flowers to 20mm with hairy yellow throat. Yellow ribbed oblong fruit to 4cm.

Where to look: On trellis at end of the Friendship Colonnade.

 

Commersonia salviifolia

(Grey Rulingia)

Family: Byttneriaceae

Near-threatened shrub or small tree to 4m, rocky eucalypt forest slopes and peaks. Leaves alternate to 12cm x 16mm, finely hairy, paler below, sometimes lobed, greyish. 5-petalled white flowers in clusters to 5mm in spring. Bristly fruit to 4mm. Formerly Rulingia salviifolia.

Where to look: Sculpture, open area right-hand side.