17 Sep 2008

Creswick Flora Walk

Sunday saw us flower spotting at Creswick's new Forest Lodge Resort.

Hardenbergia violacea - Purple Coral-pea, Native Sarsaparilla, Happy Wanderer

One of the common names for this plant refers to thre fact that the roots were used by early settlers to make a tomic drink as a substitute for commercial sarsaparilla, a medicinal drink made from the roots of a Central American smilax vine.





Epacris impressa - Common Heath

This is the floral emblem of Victoria, and is one of the plants found growing under the eucalypts at Forest Lodge Resort. This lovely bell-shaped heath blooms beautifully in Victoria in many shades of colour from white to red.

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