Australia post issued four stamps featuring Beautiful Wildflowers of Western Australia, home to the world’s largest collection of Wildflowers.
Western Australia is the country’s hot spot for wildflowers, home to around 10,000 species of the approximately 20,000 that occur across the country.
This flourishing botanical scene is the result of a temperate, climate and isolation from eastern Australia.
It’s a staggering sight to behold, especially when you consider 60% of Wildflowers of Western Australia are found nowhere else on Earth.
You can enjoy the glorious carpets of colourful wildflowers for six months of the year, from June in the north to November in the south coast.
The best way to experience the beauty of the wildflowers is by following the many tracks and trails through Perth’s nature reserves and national parks to spot the native species.
Wildflowers of Western Australia
Rose Coneflower (Isopogon formosus) is a low, bushy or slender, upright shrub that grows between 20 centimetres and two metres high. Its compact, divided foliage has pointed tips, and its blooms, which begin as tight globular cones, open to around six centimetres in diameter. The stamp design shows the subspecies dasylepis.
Spiny Mirbelia (Mirbelia spinosa) is an erect or ascending spiny shrub that grows from 20 centimetres to 1.5 metres. It has short, oblong-shaped leaves and its pea-like flowers cluster along its branches.
First described by Alexander von Bunge in 1854, Blue Devil (Eryngium pinnatifidum) is a perennial herb that grows from 20 to 50 centimetres high. The bold bloom is a little pineapplelike in shape, with spiked “petals” protruding from the flower head.
The delicate Golden Rainbow (Drosera microphylla) is a perennial tubular herb that grows to between 10 and 40 centimetres high. It prefers laterite and sandy soils and can often be found on rocky outcrops in the south-west of the state.
Title: Wildflowers of Western Australia
Date of Issue: 14 December 2015
Denominations: $1 x 3, $2
Source: Australia Stamps