Flowering Richea Scoparia on the slopes of Mount Ossa, Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia.
501 views at October 22, 2013.
These strange-looking plants are a feature of the wet forests and mountains of Tasmania, and starting in early summer can create a spectacular landscape of red, pink, orange or cream flowers, although the extent of flowering varies a lot from year to year.
This image was taken in the middle of January.
In 35 years of hiking in Tasmania, the flowering during the summer this image was taken was the most spectacular I have ever seen.
While very attractive to look at, the plant is very unpleasant to walk through if there is no track. It can form dense thickets, the leaves are extremely prickly and the woody stems of the plant are very stiff and unyielding.