The aftermath of a bushfire at Holsworthy, New South Wales.
A startling phenomenon occurs after a fire tears through a landscape. So what is it in bushfires that gives plants this kiss of life?
Waratah flowers stand out vividly in the bush.
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In an often-muted bush landscape, the deep crimson of the waratah stands out like a shout.
The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
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The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
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Albany pitcher plants are more closely related to cabbages and roses than any other carnivorous plant.
The whaterwheel plant can snap up its prey in milliseconds.
Waterwheel plants use snap up mosquito larvae, tiny fish and even tadpoles in freshwater wetlands around the world – including remote parts of north Australia.
White cedar grows across Asia and Australia, as a hardy and resilient deciduous.
In Australia you can have any tree you want, as long as it’s a eucalypt.
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.
Silver moss can survive almost total dehydration.
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.
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Firewood banksia don't just survive in Western Australia's sandy plains, they thrive, showing off with vibrant, pink-red flower spikes.
Warrigal greens are covered in balloon-like hairs that store salt.
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.
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Spinifex grass is a (slightly ugly) Aussie battler that keeps on giving.
Rhododendron lochiae, photographed on Bell Peak.
Image by Dan McLeod
European settlers suspected Australia's high tropical forests hid native rhododendrons.
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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 the huge Acacia family.
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.
Xanthorrhoea have no real trunk – just tightly packed leaves.
Grass trees are wonderfully odd. They fit no neat definition, and can live up to 600 years.