Tuesday, 23 October 2007

More waratahs

These flowers are so special they deserve a second post. As a child in Queensland stitching embroidery of the state floral emblems, I wondered what this strange flower was like in real life. They don’t grow in Queensland

Photo: Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

Words to walk with:
The Department of Environment and Water Resources provides the following information on the Floral Emblem of NSW


“The generic name Telopea is derived from the Greek 'telopos', meaning 'seen from afar', and refers to the great distance from which the crimson flowers are discernible. The specific name speciosissima is the superlative of the Latin adjective 'speciosus', meaning 'beautiful' or 'handsome'. 'Waratah', the Aboriginal name for the species, was adopted by early settlers at Port Jackson.”

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