Present in Asia and Australia, the origins of swamp foxtails have not always been clear. Genetic studies put uncertainties to rest.
What grows everywhere and looks good doing it? Clematis aristata.
The moss that grows in pavement cracks and on the edge of basketball courts in every town and city in Australia has a secret superpower.
The guinea flower grows right across Australia.
During its first few decades, this tree is the runt of the rainforest. And then it starts its growth spurt, and can go on to live for millennia.
Firewood banksia don't just survive in Western Australia's sandy plains, they thrive, showing off with vibrant, pink-red flower spikes.
This native succulent is a tasty bush food.
Wander in the dark forest and you might spot the radioactive glow of the ghost fungus.
Walking towards this tree, which grows only on a select few mist-shrouded mountainsides in Queensland, can feel like stepping into a prehistoric dinosaur-filled fantasy.
This retiring violet tucked away in the Australian bush holds the key to future generations of medically-engineered plants.
Move over Benedict Cumberbatch, there's another oddly shaped pale figure stealing the limelight.
Native cherries are everywhere, but we know surprisingly little about them.
It takes a eucalyptus tree more than a hundred years to develop hollows suitable to shelter Aussie animals, and just moments to cut it down.
Australia is the world centre for sexual deception in plants, tricking wasps along the way.
One of the great Australian trees – messmate stringybark, Eucalyptus obliqua.
Spinifex grass is a (slightly ugly) Aussie battler that keeps on giving.
European settlers suspected Australia's high tropical forests hid native rhododendrons.
Scientists are racing against the clock to figure out how to propagate the rare leek orchid before it goes extinct.
Black wattle is part of Australia's iconic acacia family, but it's largely regarded as a pest overseas. But this fast-growing plant is a boon to gardeners, improving soil and sheltering other plants.
Depending on the species, touching a stinging tree can be like 30 wasp stings at once or being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time.