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Microtis

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Microtis, [my-krow-tiss] from mikros, small, and ous, otos, an ear; referring to the appearance of the anthers. A genus commonly called “Mignonette Orchids” in Western Australia, and somewhat similar to Prasophyllum in habit, but easily distinguished from it by the smaller flowers numerous on a terminal spike, which are usually greenish and not reversed. The […]

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Prasophyllum

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Prasophyllum, [praise-o-fill-um ] from prasos, a leek, and phyilos, a leaf; referring to the leek-like leaves. Species of this genus are commonly called “Leek Orchids.’  The genus is easily recognised by the sheathing leaf and spike of small inverted flowers, but many of the species are difficult to determine. The spikes of whitish flowers tinged […]

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Pterostylis

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Pterostylis, [terro-style-iss} from pteros, a wing, and stylos, a style. The largest and one of the most interesting genera among Australian orchids, The various species are commonly called “Greenhoods” because of the shape and colour of the flower usually greenish, tinged or streaked with red or brown. The main part of the hood (known botanically […]

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Thelymitra

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Thelymitra, [thel-ee-my-tra ], from thelys, a woman, and mitra, a cap; referring to the hooded column which bears a fanciful resemblance to a woman’s headdress. Some of the most showy and beautiful of West Australian orchids belong to this genus, represented by many species, commonly called “Sun Orchids,” with variously coloured flowers, often sweetly scented, […]

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Ibis

ibis

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) is a wading bird of the ibis family Threskiornithidae, also known as the “Sheep bird”. It is widespread across much of Australia. It has a predominantly white plumage with a bare, black head, long downcurved bill and black legs.

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Perth to Wave Rock Tour 1995

Wave Rock

Perth to Wave Rock, 11 day tour 1995, 554 km cumulative distance The aim of this trip was to reach Wave Rock at Hyden, starting by catching the train to Merredin and returning as far as Midland or Armadale to catch the train the rest of the way back to Cottesloe. Midland was decided upon […]

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RAAF

RAAF

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the air force branch of the Australian Defence Force. The RAAF was formed in March 1921. It continues the traditions of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which was formed on 22 October 1912. The RAAF has taken part in many of the 20th century’s major conflicts including both World Wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. More recently the RAAF participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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