Eucalypts have been in Australia for 45 million years. But hundreds of species appeared more recently than previously thought.
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.
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.
This retiring violet tucked away in the Australian bush holds the key to future generations of medically-engineered plants.
Native cherries are everywhere, but we know surprisingly little about them.
Australia is the world centre for sexual deception in plants, tricking wasps along the way.
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.
Grass trees are wonderfully odd. They fit no neat definition, and can live up to 600 years.
Only when flowering is Pilostyles visible externally, the flowers erupting from the stems of its host like a weird botanical Alien.
Sandpaper figs are the swiss army knife of Australian flora.
The Bunya pine is a unique and majestic Australian tree that commands respect.
We're in the middle of an Insectageddon. But a garden of native plants can help insects, as well as birds and other wildlife.
Most of the earthworms in the US Northeast and upper Midwest are nonnative species. Scientists are finding increasing evidence that invasive worms and invasive plants may help each other.
American ginseng, a slow-growing native plant long used in traditional medicine, was abundant in colonial times. Now illegal harvesting and other stresses are pushing it close to extinction.