Southwestern Australia is a Mediterranean-climate region with a hugely diverse flora, and is considered to be one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. This area is isolated from other humid parts of the country by the inland deserts. Genera such as Banksia, Eucalytpus and Grevillea are especially diverse in this area.
The Australian Natives collection is located adjacent to the Desert Garden in the northeast corner of the Garden, and contains a number of shrubs and trees. Several species of Calothamnus (C. quadrifolus, C. villosus), shrubby members of the eucalyptus family, are found here. The Australia Natives collection will be expanded upon in the next several years, stayed tuned for exciting developments!