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PacificEdge | November 18, 2017

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Telopia

Telopia

A Tasmanian journey…

THEY WERE OUT in great numbers today… big red ovals of flowers on either side of the track and visible as red dots down in the bush cladding the steep slopes of Mt Wellington.

There were so many that I made far too many photographs of them, finally, back in the city, selecting those I liked best and deleting the rest.

Telopea truncata, better known as the Tasmanian waratah, is a relative of those found on mainland Australia. It’s a somewhat scatty, multistemmed shrub growing to around three metres high in moist eucalypt forest or, like these we walk past today, up into the subalpine zone to around 1200m. It’s a beautiful flower.

Finding it here on the mountain wasn’t anything special because it occurs all over Tasmania and blooms between the late Tasmanian spring and early autumn, November to March.

A member of the Proteaceae family of plants, viewing and photographing Tasmania’s waratah makes a good excuse for a day out on the mountain.

That in the photo I encountered along the Organ Pipes Track that takes you below the vertical, angular dolerite of this magnificent cliffline that is clearly visible from Hobart below.

If you’re inspired to charge your camera battery and take a walk to search of the waratah on these higher tracks of Mt Wellington, pack a sweater and a waterproof for, like us, you might start walking in sunshine and soon find yourself in summer snow.

Other stories of MT Wellington:
A Tasmanian journey
Walking the Organ Pipes Track
Finding Luckman’s hut

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