Australia LandscapeKew at the
British Museum

21 April – 16 October 2011

Museum forecourt

Part of the Australian season

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Some highlights of the landscape

WattleAcacia baileyana and A. dealbata

Produces abundant pollen and is used as a bee plant in the production of honey.
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Evergreen kangaroo pawAnigozanthos flavidus

Young rhizomes of this plant are consumed by Indigenous Australians.
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Coast banksia Banksia integrifolia

Specimens of coast banksia were collected on Captain Cook’s circumnavigation of the globe in the Endeavour in 1768–1771.
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Australian tree fernDicksonia antarctica

Indigenous Australians ate the pith of this fern raw, or roasted it over ashes.
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Tasmanian blue gumEucalyptus globulus

This species is the floral emblem of Tasmania.
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Tea treeMelaleuca alternifolia

Traditionally, Indigenous Australians used crushed tea tree leaves to treat skin infections.
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Sturt’s desert peaSwainsona formosa

Named after Charles Sturt – a 19th century explorer who searched in vain for an inland Australian sea.
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Wollemi pineWollemia nobilis

The oldest Wollemi pine alive today is around 1000 years old.
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BalgaXanthorrhoea preissii

These plants are resistant to fire.
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