Waratah, Telopea speciosissima

Waratah, Telopea speciosissima

Port Jackson Painter
Watercolour, c1788 - 1797 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Watling collection

The Waratah has been the official floral emblem of New South Wales since 1962.

Sir James Smith (1759–1828), a distinguished botanist and founder of the Linnean Society, wrote in 1793: β€˜The most magnificent plant which the prolific soil of New Holland affords is, by common consent, both of Europeans and Natives, the Waratah. It is moreover a favourite with the latter, upon account of a rich honeyed juice which they sip from its flowers.’

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