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  Australian flora and vegetation statistics
The following summary statistics have been compiled to give an indication of the diversity of the Australian vascular flora.
It was estimated in the Flora of Australia 1999 that the total vascular flora of Australia, based on the yearly rate of published new species, will be just over 20,000 (reference 7)
[Australian figures refer to native species] (references: 2, 3, 4 + 6)
www.anbg.gov.au /anbg/australian-flora-statistics.html   (266 words)

  Australia's Virtual Herbarium
Australian herbaria house over six million specimens that date from the earliest days of European exploration and are a primary source of information on the classification and distribution of plants, algae and fungi.
Australian botanists have produced thousands of authoritative publications on plants, algae and fungi including scientific papers and floras and other semi-popular handbooks, founded on the cooperation and extensive resources of the Australian herbaria.
The Flora of Australia and Fungi of Australia, published by the Australian Biological Resources Study in cooperation with the Australian herbaria and botanists, are key projects in the long tradition of Australia-wide research in plant classification.
www.chah.gov.au /avh/avh.html   (1175 words)

  Australian Flora   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1906, five women and two men came together in Raglan Street, Mosman to form an association to promote Australian flora and fauna and so, the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW was born.
Near the end of the nineteenth century, naturalistic imagery of Australian flora and fauna began to appear on utilitarian objects such as furniture.
When the Australian flora began to influence artists and craftsmen of European origin, the Waratah was adopted as a motif.
www.lycos.com /info/australian-flora.html   (393 words)

The states are Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania: the territories, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.
Most of the Australian population descends from 19th and 20th century immigrants, most from the United Kingdom to begin with, but from other sources in later years.
English is the spoken language in Australia, although some of the surviving Aboriginal communities maintain their native languages, and a considerable number of first and sometimes second-generation migrants are bi-lingual.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/au/Australian.html   (801 words)

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In order to cope with the extreme conditions present in much of Australia, the native flora has evolved to cope with
The plants are very hardy, and are generally able to quickly establish themselves so as not to miss available nutrients.
These are some of the most common Australian native trees and shrubs.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/a/au/australian_flora.html   (95 words)

 Soils, Fauna and Flora - soils, fauna and flora
Predominantly evergreen, vegetation ranges from the dense bushland and eucalyptus forests of the coast to mulga and mallee scrub and saltbush of the inland plains.
The temperate zone is characterized by sclerophyll, temperate, and savannah woodlands, by mallees, scrub, and sclerophyll heath, by temperate rainforests, and by alpine vegetation in the Australian Alps and the mountains of Tasmania.
Australian waters contain some 70 species of shark, several of which are dangerous to humans.
www.australia-migration.com /page/Soils_Fauna_and_Flora/230   (2562 words)

 Australian Decimal Currency
The Australian Government mounted a full scale operation to ensure that the new designs would be the best possible, from the point of view of both artistic design and considerations of minting techniques.
In 1990, the Australian Government announced the withdrawal of 1 cent and 2 cent coins because of the gradual decline in the worth of the small denominations - it had become more expensive to produce and distribute each coin than the coin was worth.
In 1990, the Australian Kookaburra, a one ounce silver bullion coin was added to the family of precious metals coins, replacing the Holey Dollar and Dump.
www.australianstamp.com /Coin-web/aust/decimal.htm   (5917 words)

 The Huntington Botanical Gardens - The Australian Garden
These were interplanted with informal groupings of other Australian species and the area was opened to the public in 1964.
Vascular plants are currently estimated at 18,000 to 20,000 taxa with an eventual 25,000 expected once the flora is completely surveyed and described.
Australian climate and vegetation ranges from desert to rainforest to alpine, though the millions of years of weathering have left a relatively flat topography, with the tallest mountain, Mt. Kosciusko, only 7316 feet tall.
www.huntingtonbotanical.org /Australian/facts.htm   (597 words)

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Such flora may be rare or threatened, but cannot be considered for declaration as rare flora until such survey has been undertaken.
The Western Australian Native Flora Database is a major project describing the botanic and horticultural aspects of the Western Australian flora.
It is a combined initiative of the Western Australian Wildflower Society, Western Australian Herbarium and Kings Park and Botanic Garden and is funded by the Gordon Reid Foundation.
lycos.cs.cmu.edu /info/australian-flora--western-australian.html   (570 words)

 Flora and Fauna
The Australian terrier is descended from the now extinct broken-hair, or rough-coated, terrier, a dog of widespread popularity in the early 18th cent.
The koala is known as the Australian bear, but is much closer to being a relative of the kangaroo.
The Australian region, which has been isolated from contact with other regions since the Cretaceous period, had almost no native placental mammals, and the marsupials were able to continue their evolution there without competition.
australian.lifetips.com /cat/54994/australian-flora-and-fauna/index.html   (3974 words)

 Ockham's Razor - 14/11/1999: Australian Plant Heritage
In fact more illustrations of the Australian flora were published in Paris during the 16 years of the Napoleonic era than in the 90 years in Britain after Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia in 1770.
It is widely assumed that the earliest scientific knowledge of Australian flora was published in Britain, but this wasn't the case, it was the French who first widely disseminated scientific knowledge about the strange and exciting exotic plants found growing in New Holland, as Australia was then called.
Australian plants can be bought in Covent Garden flower market and sales of Australian native cut flowers worldwide amount to a staggering $440-million annually, perhaps even more, yet only an estimated 10% are actually exported from home territory.
www.abc.net.au /rn/science/ockham/stories/s65943.htm   (2062 words)

 ANU Forestry-Cut Flowers and Foliage
The Australian native flower industry is part of the overall floriculture industry, which also includes the growing of a large variety of exotic flowers.
The move towards cultivated flora was driven by a market demand for large quantities of Australian flora that could be produced almost year round.
The Australian flora is unique to the rest of the World and because of this, Australian flora has been able to fill a niche market.
sres-associated.anu.edu.au /fpt/nwfp/cutflowers/cutflower_copy4.html   (2180 words)

 PICA - Black Solander - Documenting the Diverse Western Australian Flora (2005)
When Gregory approached staff to gain access to the WA collection to illustrate all WA’s plant species and varieties they were sceptical because there are so far nearly 10,500 kinds of plants recorded for the State and they were fascinated to see an appreciation of specimens different from that of taxonomic researchers and herbarium curators.
Gardner recognised the uniqueness and fragility of the south western flora and was the first to document his concerns for the conservation of wildflowers, believing that large reserves in species-rich areas needed to be set aside.
He and many others recognised the ancient nature of the flora with its bizarre flower forms, vast array of leaf and stem types and range of survival strategies that have evolved to cope with summer drought, nutrient-poor soils and bushfires.
www.pica.org.au /art05/BlackS-essay2.html   (1313 words)

 Western Australian Flora Conservation Taxa
Under the Wildlife Conservation Act, the Minister for the Environment may declare species of protected flora to be Rare Flora if they are considered to be in danger of extinction, rare or otherwise in need of special protection.
The categories are arranged to give an indication of the priority for undertaking further surveys based on the number of known sites, and the degree of threat to those populations.
A fourth category of priority flora is included for those species that have been adequately surveyed and are considered to be rare but not currently threatened.
florabase.calm.wa.gov.au /conservationtaxa   (489 words)

 Stayfinder.com - Australia - Flora & Fauna
The isolation of the Australian island continent for 55 million years has resulted in a unique Australian flora and fauna.
With the unique variety of birds and insects that are available to pollinate flowering plants, many Australian plants have developed distinctive methods of attracting particular species.
Some Australian trees and plants (for example banksias) produce hard woody fruits and seeds, which not only survive fire but require fire to develop.
www.stayfinder.com /travelguide/australia/generalinfo/australia_flora.asp   (226 words)

 Australian fauna and flora
Isolation enabled the Australian continent to become a sanctuary for marsupials - mammals that suckle their young in pouches.
A map by one of the earliest navigators suggested the Australian continent should be called Terra psittacorum, land of parrots.
Australia has 20,000 species of plants, including living fossils such as the cycad palm and the grass tree, and brilliant wildflowers such as the waratah, Sturt’s desert pea, the flowering cones of banksia trees, and the red and green kangaroo paw.
www.koalanet.com.au /australian-fauna.html   (500 words)

 Australian Indigenous Flora
She writes about the introduction of non-native species in her country, and the effect it has on the landscape and on the life that it sustains.
Knight I discovered original Australian beauty - brick-red sand dunes studded with rolypoly bushes taller than I! There were acacias, delicate herbs and fine grasses in countless hues and tones - olive, green, brown, russet, copper and bronze.
In the Top End as in other countries, native flora form part of a complex, this one food for the larvae of a butterfly or moth, that one with a root or fruit utilised by indigenous people as well.
www.mygarden.net.au /flex/australian_indigenous_flora/1057/1   (1902 words)

 About the Australian Plants Society SA Region
Most people know that Australian native plants consist of more than just gum trees and wattles, but very few realise that there are literally hundreds of species with many variations.
One of the most important things that happens to a The Australian Plants Society member, is that, when travelling, instead of seeing nothing along the roadways, a whole new world of plant species and their environment opens up, and life takes on a completely new meaning.
Throughout the year, The Australian Plants Society hold General Meetings at Arthur Street in Unley, where we have some very informative speakers that relate to Australian flora in some way.
www.australianplantssa.asn.au /about.html   (749 words)

 SGAP Qld Region information
The Society for Growing Australian Plants (or SGAP as it is usually called) was formed in 1957 for the purpose of studying and developing the horticultural potential of Australian native plants and preserving them through cultivation.
To advocate the establishment of National Parks, Flora Reserves and Botanic Gardens in all types of soil and climate for the preservation of the flora and for the enjoyment and education of the people.
An extensive collection of books on Australian native plants is maintained in the Queensland Regional Library for the benefit of members.
www.sgapqld.org.au /qldregion.html   (1936 words)

Australian nature is extremely diverse and interesting, with a number of unique animals living in Australia.
The Australian Flora section features information about a selection of Australia's fauna, including Australian Flowers, Trees and many other highlights of Australia's spectacular natural environment.
The Australian Sealife section features information about some of Australia's sea creatures and animals that live in the waters around Australia.
www.australianexplorer.com /australian_nature.htm   (258 words)

 Conservation Policy - Australian National Botanic Gardens
The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) established the original national collection which is perhaps the most comprehensive display in existence of living Australian native plants.
In regard to administrative structure and legal foundation, the ANBG is attached to the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, a part of the Biodiversity Group in the Environment Australia portfolio within the Commonwealth Department of the Environment.
The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG) is a forum of directors of the major botanic gardens and has set up the Association of Australian Botanic Gardens (AABG) to provide a national focus on the interests of the Australian botanic gardens community generally.
www.chabg.gov.au /anbg/conservation.html   (2386 words)

 Australian Plants Society - membership page
"Australian Plants" attempts to strike a balance between articles of practical interest to the average grower and scientific research papers and is Australia wide in it's scope.
"Australian Plants" is a 48 page publication in A5 format and is illustrated with numerous colour photographs and line drawings (It is also possible to subscribe to "Australian Plants" independent of Society membership.
The Australian Plants Society's Newsletter - "Native Plants for New South Wales" is also sent out quarterly and is an interesting mix of articles (from the serious to the tongue-in-cheek), event diary for NSW oriented events, "Mailbox" for you to have your say, information on upcoming workshops and conferences etc.
www.austplants-nsw.org.au /member.htm   (1071 words)

 Australian Garden - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
The National Tourism award winning Australian Garden in Cranbourne turns one year old on Monday 28 May - and the public is invited to a morning tea to celebrate.
"The Australian Garden is becoming an important part of local life now and we continue to strengthen and grow the local connections," he said.
The Australian Garden is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in Australian flora, landscapes, art and architecture.
www.rbg.vic.gov.au /australian_garden   (400 words)

 The Virtual Australian Herbarium
Herbaria are the centres of knowledge and expertise in Australian plant, algal and fungal biodiversity.
Since the mid 1970s Australian herbaria have been involved cooperatively in digitisation of their data through initiatives at state and commonwealth level and by individual scientists.
Australian herbaria are well advanced in digitising two major traditional core areas of data under their custodianship: taxonomic and herbarium specimen data.
plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au /HISCOM/Virtualherb/virtualherbarium.html   (1042 words)

 Study in Australia - IDP Education Pty Ltd
The Australian National University in Canberra, invites botany and plant ecology students at the end of their second or third year to apply for a botanical internship.
This is the business end of native flora and fauna - you learn about ecologically sustainable tourism, guiding others to both appreciate and protect Australia’s native bounty.
As well as learning about Australian animals and the environment, you study the fundamentals of running a successful ecotourism business, including how to design and manage rewarding outdoor recreation programs, and planning, marketing and financial skills.
www.idp.com /usa-canada/students/australianeducationsystem/excellenceaustralia/article127.asp   (861 words)

 Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants - Information
The Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP) caters for people interested in Australia's native flora whether that interest is simple appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the flora or whether it extends to propagation, cultivation and conservation.
The Society is also involved in the publication of a range of practical and educational books on Australian plants and its members have been responsible for the establishment, development and maintenance of many public gardens and reserves throughout Australia.
Protecting Australian native plants in their natural habitats and encouraging the cultivation of endangered species in botanical gardens and other reserves.
asgap.org.au /info.html   (441 words)

 Western Australian Flora and Fauna - Tourism Western Australia
A visit to one of the many national parks will bring you face to face with the local wildlife.
Western Australia’s national parks overflow with local flora and fauna, indigenous to each region.
A range of National Park Passes are available from Department of Environment and Conservation offices and more than 40 local tourist centres throughout the State.
www.westernaustralia.com /en/About_Western_Australia/WA_Flora_and_Fauna/Pages/Western_Australian_Flora_Fauna.aspx   (261 words)

 Week 11
Australia's flora is wonderfully diverse and extraordinarily well-adapted to the challenging conditions in Australia of drought, fire, soil infertility and other harsh climatic features.
Aboriginal Australians would have burnt the shrublands, maintaining a mosaic of shrublands and other types of plant communities in different seral stages of succession.
Many of the well-known shrub and small-tree Australian species are from the extraordinarily diverse family, Proteaceae, which has c.
humanities.cqu.edu.au /geography/GEOG11023/week_11.htm   (3033 words)

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