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Tarraleah Canal No 1 walk – flowers and lichens

I was lucky, so lucky – beside the track a solitary Tasmanian native Waratah bloomed.  Coming across a specimen seemed like a miracle and I was in awe of its beauty.

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This Waratah is not to be confused with the New South Wales Waratah – also red but with more bracts – you can see a photo on Wikipedia.

Elsewhere and occasionally, other floral plants which are native to Tasmania, added colour and texture to the landscape.  My identification of the plants is possibly flawed but here goes (corrections are welcome via comments against this post). I think the following photo shows an example of the Snowberry plant.

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The next two photos show the Pink Mountain Berry.

 

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The next photo is an example of Coprosma nitida known either as ‘Mountain Currant’ or ‘Native Currant’.

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I am not sure what the plant is below.  Its pink berries are not spherical rather drop like, and they are fleshier than the Pink Mountain Berry.  I suspect it may be the Aristotelia peduncularis commonly known as the Heartberry.

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Because of the extreme general wetness of this remote locality and the fact the vegetation is seldom disturbed, beautiful lichens grow on rock, fallen trees, man-made objects, and on road side markers.  I found these fascinating.  As I walked, I thought about the huge and sophisticated city of Angkor built many centuries ago then abandoned, and how nature reclaimed the man-made installations.  The small examples of nature reclaiming the ground that I saw on my walk along the Tarraleah Canal No 1 reminded me of the relentless urge for lifeforms to grow.

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A variety of vegetation

Lake King William extends over 15 kilometres in length and, with various mountains and ranges situated nearby and influencing the weather, I was not surprised that the vegetation varied considerably.

Amidst ferns and other plants, flanking my walk on the first day were endless bushes with their native red sometimes pink sometimes almost white berries. Some refer to this plant as the Pink Mountain Berry. Is this plant also known as the native currant?

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Mostly I was impressed with the tall straight gum trees, some with their ‘painted’ trunks.

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A gum tree with its curling bark, like gift parcel wrapping strands, attracted my attention.

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Further north, myrtle and other complex forests grew in rich profusions, sometimes creating dense dark forests.

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I passed by an area with stands of remarkable tall trees, so tall I needed two photos to show most of their height.

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More than a few trees have toppled over, or been blown down and wrenched from the ground so their roots are upturned.

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I loved the delicate and tiny trigger plants; luminous neon pink in colour.

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Tasmanian native mountain pepper (Tasmannia Lanceolata) bushes flourished everywhere.

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The bush was awash with a flush of native flowers, which I cannot identify.

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In the photo below, the low level vegetation beneath the powerlines near the southern end of the Lake is contrasted by the tall bush at the edges.

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