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13 February 2007
3/2007
Commemorative Issue

Australian Wildflowers Definitves

Australia
There are some 18,000 species of flowering plants native to Australia, grouped in about 200 families. Like the continent's distinctive fauna, the flora has evolved in isolation for 50 million years, and many plants and flowers are found nowhere else on earth. This is the third issue in the Australian Wildflowers series.

Tasmanian Christmas Bell (Blandfordia punicea)  

Tasmanian Christmas Bell (Blandfordia punicea)

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As its name suggests, the Tasmanian Christmas Bell is endemic to Tasmania. Its leaves are narrow and linear to one metre in length and one centimetre in width. It flowers in summer, with tubular, waxy clusters at the end of a stout stem up to one metre in length. Its flowers are up to four centimetres long and two centimetres wide, and it prefers moist acid soils in heathlands.

Green Spider Flower (Grevillea mucronulata)  

Green Spider Flower (Grevillea mucronulata)

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The Green Spider Flower is widespread from coast to mountains, in open forest and woodlands in New South Wales. Flowering in winter and spring, it is a spreading shrub to 2.5 metres high with reddish branches. The fl owers are green and in spider-like racemes about five centimetres across. Each fl ower has a hairy, dark purplish-red style to two centimetres long with a green tip.

Sturt  

Sturt

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This flower is widespread in the dry inland regions of mainland Australia. Flowering most of the year, it is found mainly in rocky gullies but also on sand plains. The hibiscus-like flower is a delicate lilac with a red throat spot. The bush is an erect, open shrub growing up to two metres high and its hairless, blue-green leaves are scented when crushed. The plants are perennial and live for about 10 years. Sturt

Phebalium whitei  

Phebalium whitei

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There is no common name for this yellow-flowering shrub which is restricted to the granite outcrops of border ranges in Queensland. This spreading and open shrub reaches one metre in height and fl owers in spring. It has brownish branchlets which bear conspicuous clusters of one to six flowers and rusty-coloured buds.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2007-02-13
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2007-03-13
Denominations: Four x 50c
Designer: Lynette Traynor, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: SEP Sprint & Pemara
Paper: Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive): B90, B100 & KV75-40080-WLK1
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 30mm x 25mm
Performations: 14 X 14.4
Sheet Layout: 50
National Postmark: GPO Hobart TAS 7000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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