Artworks by Helen Ansell
Made in Western Australia.
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A native Australian daisy belonging to the family Asteraceae. It is widely grown due to its attractive flowers and foliage, and because it’s hardy, adaptable and provides a good, fast ground cover. The flowers are long-lived and dry well. It grows naturally in the south of Western Australia extending into South Australia. It generally flowers from August to November in the wild but with sufficient water and warmth it will flower at other times.
Its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behaviour make it a familiar sight in the bush and increasingly in urban areas. The term galah is derived from gilaa, a word found in Yuwaalaraay (South East Australia) They form permanent pair bonds, although a bird will take a new partner if the other one dies.
An endangered species of flowering plant in the Proteaceae family.
This spectacular banksia species grows in the wheatbelt region near Perth. It is classified as endangered - there are only about 500 of these plants left in the wild at 11 different sites, with much of its habitat having been historically 93% cleared for agriculture. A shrub or small tree up to 5 m (16 ft) high, it has prickly foliage and pink and cream flowers.
The Boab Tree is related to the Madagascan and African Adansonia species known as baobabs. As with other baobabs, it is easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which forms a massive caudex, giving the tree a bottle-like appearance. The huge tree, found in the Western Australia Kimberley region, is used as food, medicine, shelter and art work. Boab ranges from 5 to 15 meters in height, usually between 9 and 12 metres, with a broad bottle-shaped trunk.
The endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo is one of just two species of white-tailed black cockatoo on Earth. The other is the Baudin’s black cockatoo, and they are both found only in the Southwest Australia Ecoregion. Their population has declined greatly in recent decades, mostly due to the loss and fragmentation of their preferred habitats, and they need the support of conservation programs to ensure their survival.
Gouldian Finches are Australia’s most spectacularly coloured grassfinches, and are perhaps the most spectacularly coloured of all Australian birds. They are small birds, with a bright green back, yellow belly and a purple breast. The facial colour is usually black, and is found in about 75% of the birds. Red-faced forms make up about 25% of the population, and rare, yellow-faced birds occur from time to time.
These stunning plants, so often adorned with generous and impressive flowers are part the Proteaceae family, like Waratahs, Banksias, Hakeas and Grevilleas which are the Australian branch of the family. Named after the sea-god of classical mythology, Proteus, renowned for his ability to change his form at will. These striking plants bear long-lasting blooms that flower over a long period, usually from autumn to spring.
A species of low growing plant, the unique and distictive “Wreath Flower”, amazingly, grows in bare gravel roadsides, quarries, cemeteries, etc., particularly around Mullewa, inland from Geraldton, Western Australia. Mullewa is renown for it’s carpets of everlastings, but of the many flowering specimens in the district, the wreath flower is the star attraction of the annual Mullewa Wildflower Show held every year. Flowering August - November.
A species of shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the family Proteaceae. It is native to the southwest of Western Australia and can reach up to 10 m (30 ft) in height. It can be much smaller in more exposed areas or in the north of its range. This species has serrated, dull green leaves and large, bright flower spikes, initially white before opening to a bright orange. Its common name arises from the partly opened inflorescence, which is shaped like an acorn.
The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest of the kingfisher family, famous for its chorus of laughter which echoes through the Australian bush.Unlike most of its relatives, kookaburras occupy the same territories year-round which they mark with their noisy calls.Each group knows the boundaries of each other’s territories by communicating before the spring breeding season to establish boundaries.The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, onomatopoei call.
with a single trunk and spread of some 5 m. Its rough greyish bark
contrasts pleasantly with the blue-green pendulous foliage, but its
main features are the unusually-shaped red buds and abundance of
blossom. As the name implies, the profuse flowers are reddish-pink or coral coloured and hang decoratively on reddish stems.
For six picturesque months, a whopping 12,000 plant species carpet the state with their vivid beauty - and endless varieties are still being discovered! And over 60% of these species are found nowhere else in the world.
Artworks by Peta Riley
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