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Australian Plants on Uganda Stamps

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These stamps were issued in Uganda in 1991, in consultation with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Acacia pycnantha Uganda stamp

Plant: Acacia pycnantha

Family: Fabaceae (Mimosaceae)

Golden Wattle

Medium shrub or small tree to 10m.
Golden ball-shaped flowers in spring.
National floral emblem of Australia.
Distribution: Occurs in NSW, Vic, Sth Aust. (naturalised in WA).

Plant: Anigozanthos manglesii

Family: Haemodoraceae

Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

The grey-green leaves are strap-like and up to 40 cm long.
The red-stemmed flower spikes may reach 1 m high.
Flowers are brilliant forest-green with a red base.
Floral Emblem on Western Australia.
Distribution: WA

Plant: Banksia grandis     

Family: Proteaceae

Bull Banksia

Variable plant from spreading shrub 1.5 m high and 3 m across, to a tree 10 m high.
Dark green leaves, toothed to mid-rib, grow to 30 cm long.
Large yellow flower spikes, 30 cm long by 8 cm in diameter, occur in spring.
Distribution: WA.

Plant: Callistemon citrinus     

(Once known as Callistemon lanceolatus)

Family: Myrtaceae

Crimson Bottlebrush

Stiff shrub or small tree to 6 m high with lanceolate leaves to 8 cm.
Bears red flower spikes to 12 cm long and 5 cm diameter. White forms are also known. Flowers appear in late spring, summer and autumn.
Distribution: Qld, NSW, Vic.

Plant: Epacris impressa

Family: Ericaceae

Pink Heath

Straggly shrub to 1m high.
Pendant tubular flowers, white to pink to deep red.
Flowers throughout year, mainly in spring.
Pink form is state floral emblem for Victoria.
Distribution: Occurs in NSW, Vic, Sth Aust, Tasmania.

Plant: Eucalyptus globulus

Family: Myrtaceae

Tasmanian Blue Gum

Medium to large tree to 45m high.
Several sub-species are recognised.
Juvenile foliage blue-grey, adult leaves dark green.
Commonly grown overseas (eg California).
State floral emblem for Tasmania.
Distribution: Occurs naturally in Victoria and Tasmania.

Plant: Gossypium sturtianum

Family: Malvaceae

Sturt’s Desert Rose

Erect or rounded shrub to 2 m, often less. Rounded, glaucous leaves to 6 cm diameter. Hibiscus-like flowers, pale bluish-purple with red centre, to 12 cm diameter, occur in winter and spring.
Floral emblem of NT.
Distribution: Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, WA, NT.

Plant: Swainsona formosa

(Once known as Clianthus formosus)

Family: Fabaceae

Sturt's Desert Pea

Trailing plant with grey, pinnate leaves to 15 cm long, on stems spreading to 2 m. It may be an annual or short-lived perennial. Bears pea-flowers, 5–6 cm long, of brilliant red with black boss on erect peduncles. Other colour variants are known. Flowers appear in spring. Floral emblem of South Australia.
Distribution: Semi-arid areas of WA, SA, NT, NSW, Qld.

Plant: Telopea speciosissima

Family: Proteaceae

New South Wales Waratah

Erect shrub to 3 m high by 1.5 m across. Leaves are obovate, to 15 cm, often toothed or lobed. Bears red flowers in spring in large terminal inflorescences to 15 cm diameter and surrounded by large red bracts.
Floral emblem of NSW.
Distribution: NSW.

Plant: Wahlenbergia gloriosa

Family: Campanulaceae

Royal Bluebell

Herbaceous suckering plant.
Dark blue flowers to 3 cm diameter in summer.
Floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory.
Distribution: Occurs in alpine regions of NSW, Vic, and ACT.



Chinese language website 2013:
Uganda Map:
Plant information: Wrigley and Fagg, Australian Native Plants, 2003


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