Learning about plants

In a number of places during our visit to the southern Tarkine I saw interpretation panels providing information about the flora of the region. At the Whyte Lookout an excellent interpretative panel introduced us to a small selection of plants frequently seen in this wonderful wilderness.

The forest is dominated by myrtle beech trees.

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In addition, Leatherwood trees can be found throughout the region. These have a distinctive white flower.

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Native bees are attracted to its pollen and Tasmania’s speciality is Leatherwood Honey.  You can read a little of this story here and here. I am never without a pot of this delicious elixir in my cupboard.

We were fortunate to be in the Tarkine during the blossom time.

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Another forest tree is the Sassafras; sketch pictured below.  Wikipedia provides general information here.

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Then there is the Celery Top Pine; sketch pictured below.  Wikipedia gives a general overview here.

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