The unique handmade coasters feature designs of Australian Flora icons Bluegum, Bottlebrush, Kangaroo Paw, Sturt Desert Pea, Waratah and Golden Wattle. An information sheet on these plants is included with the box.
The Australian Golden Wattle (Acacia Pycantha) is Australia’s Floral Emblem. It is a small tree or shrub, seldom exceeding eight metres in height with shiny narrow leaves and fluffy yellow flower balls. It is found most commonly in Australia’s south-eastern states.
The Waratah is the floral emblem of NSW. It is an erect medium shrub with leathery serrated leaves and large crimson- scarlet flowers. It is found most commonly in Eastern NSW.
Blue Gum is an evergreen tree, one of the most widely cultivated trees native to Australia. They typically grow from 30 to 55mt tall. The leaves are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil – E.globulus is the primary source of global eucalyptus production.
The bottlebrush flower refers to the Callistemon which is a genus of 34 species of shrubs in the family Myrtaceae, all of which are endemic to Australia. The species are commonly refered to as bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers resembling a traditional bottlebrush.
Kangaroo Paw is a common name for a number of species. These perennial plants are noed for their unique bird attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hair and open at the apex with six claw-like structures: from this the paw formation the common name “Kangaroo Paw” is derived.
Sturt’s Desert Pea is an Australian plant named after English botanist Isaac Swainson, famous for its didtinctive blood red leaf-like flowers, each with a bulbous black centre, or “boss”. It is one of Australia’s best known wildflowers.