Friday, May 24, 2013

Top End and The Centre (Northern Territory). 24th May 2013

I didn't have a chance to photograph any plants to day as I was finishing a train journey and then  commencing a flight home after a week away, mainly in the Top End (Northern Territory). So, today's collection are those plants which I just happened to come across visiting areas mainly around Darwin and some from The Desert Park in Alice Springs, finishing with a few taken from a bus and the Ghan train over the last 6 days.
I apologise for the lack of names for most of the plants as they were all new for me.

Click on photo to enlarge.

 top left:    Cochlospermum fraseri  -  Yellow Kapok,
 top right and bottom left: Grevillea dryandri  -  Dryander's Grevillea
bottom right:  not sure (Xanthostemon paradoxus ???)  (Kakadu)

Nymphaea violacea  -  Blue Lily

not sure  (Darwin)

Acacia sp.  (Darwin)

Clockwise from top left: Fungi,
 Grevillea pteridifolia  -  Silky Grevillea,
Calytrix exstipulata  -  Turkey bush,   Hibiscus,
 Grevillea decurrens  -  Decurrens Grevillea 
 Gomphrena sp., and  Hypoestes floribunda.   (Litchfield)
Eucalyptus / Corymbia sp.   (Darwin)
Pandanus aquaticus  -  River Pandanus   (Kakadu)
not sure    (Kakadu)
not sure, look like a Hakea leaf.   (Kakadu)

Bambusa arnhemica.  One of our 3 native bamboos.

Banksia dentate  -  Tropical Banksia.  (Kakadu).
The only Banksia species native to the NT. It is also the only
Banksia species not endemic to Australia, extending into the
islands north of Australia through the Torres Straits
 to New Guinea.

Cycas armstrongii  -  Cycad   (Darwin)

not sure   (Kakadu)

Nelumbo nucifera  -  Sacred Lotus.   (introduced)
(Darwin, Fog Dam)

not sure    (Kakadu)

These photos below, were taken at the Alice Springs Desert Park. They are all natives.
Eucalyptus fruit capsules and daisies.
Clockwise from left: Mistlletoe  -  Lysiana exocarpi ??
 Misletoe  -  Amyema maidenii  ??
 Hakea chordophylla ??
Eremophila sp. top left and far right.

These photos were taken from the bus and train from Alice Springs to Adelaide.
Iconic 'Ghost Gum' of the Centre (Alice Springs).
 Arid landscape and circles of spinifex grass.
FEATHERS, FUR and FANG.    Some Of The Wildlife Seen While Photographing The Above.
Clockwise from top left:  Masked lapwing
White-breasted Sea Eagle,  Torresian Crow,
Whistling Kite, Darter.

Jacana and young chick.

Clockwise from top:  Green Pygmy Geese,
Intermediate Egret and Plumed Whistle Duck.

Saltwater Crocodile.

Clockwise from top left:  Blue-winged Kookaburra,
 dragon lizard, Dragonfly, Orb-spider, Black Flying-fox
and Partridge Pigeon.

Clockwise from top left: Pacific Heron, butterfly, butterfly,
White-breasted Woodswallow and Australian Pratincole.

Water Buffalo  (introduced)
Clockwise from top left:  Forest Kingfisher, Reef Heron,
Bush Thick-knee, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo,
Peaceful Dove, Sacred Kingfisher, Little Friarbird
and Rainbow Bee-eater.

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