Plants in the Solander Garden
Amongst the plants that have already been placed in the Solander Garden, Canberra, are the following.
Correa alba. Collected by Solander at Botany Bay. Originally named Jambolifera alba. Sydney Parkinson drew it, noting “The flowers white the stamina before blown Fawn colour after yellow”. This shrub grows to about 1.5m tall.
Correa reflexa. Collected also at Botany Bay. Originally named Jambolifera revoluta.
Epacris longiflora. Collected at Botany Bay. Originally named Ericastrum pulcherrimum, meaning “the most beautiful heather”.
Melaleuca viminalis. Collected by Solander at Endeavour River. Named by him Metrosideros viminalis. At one time was known as Callistemon viminalis. It is a weeping bottlebrush. Grows up to 15m tall.
Dianella caerulea. The blue flax-lily collected at Endeavour River. Originally named Anthericum caeruleum. Parkinson painted it, noting “flowers & buds pale blue wt a cast of purple the very young buds more purple”. It can grow to 1m tall.
Actinotus helianthi. This flannel flower was collected at Botany Bay. Originally named Involucrata candida. Parkinson wrote “the radius white the tips a little green the disc pale green somewhat grey”. This flower is particularly abundant after a bushfire.
Pandorea pandorana. Collected at both Botany Bay and Thirsty Sound. Originally named Bignonia floribunda. Described by Parkinson as “flower white the inside stript wt purple. the leaves grass green”. The wonga-wonga vine grows rampantly on larger trees.
The above descriptions are taken from
Catalogue of the Natural History Drawings Commissioned by Joseph Banks on the Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771 held in the British Museum (Natural History). Part 1: Botany: Australia. Edited by Judith Diment, Christopher J. Humphries, Linda Newington and Elaine Shaughnessy. British Museum (Natural History). 1984.
Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage. Edited by Mel Gooding, David Mabberley and Joe Studholme. Thames and Hudson Ltd. 2017. See page 21 in this issue.
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 4, volume 41, number 1 (2018).