October 2021 – Waratah

KINGDOM: Plantae

ORDER: Proteales

FAMILY: Proteaceae

SUBFAMILY: Grevilleoideae

TRIBE: Embothrieae

GENUS: Telopea

Waratah is an Australian-endemic genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees, native to the southeastern parts of Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The most well-known species in this genus if Telopea speciosissima which has bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem.

The Waratah is a member of the plant family Proteaceae – a family of flowering plants distributed in the Southern Hemisphere.

The inflorescence is the outstanding feature of this plant, it consists of many small flowers densely packed into a compact head or spike.




The image to the left (Waratah Corroboree) was taken at a Boambee garden – a stunner!

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