Feet in the mulch feature imageA great time of the year to take another look at the world around you. Start with a new perspective on the way in which you look at the natural world, beginning with the world under your feet; and in this case we are not talking about the wildlife that grows between your toes!

Within the leaves, sticks and other debris: What stories can it tell about the environment around you?

Take a look at the following images taken within the grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and see if you can work out what plant is featured in each using the leaf litter as your guide. Carefully observe the dominant leaf shapes and their forms they can help you to discover the answer. For those who frequent the Gardens you may even be able to tell where these images were taken? The following map gives you the locations of the plants featured but to keep the surprise, their names have not been included. Download the map to your mobile phone, mobile smart device or print a hard copy to bring in, then start exploring onsite and discover the plants yourself. Get the MAP

But whatever your previous experience, test your botanical knowledge or just have a bit of fun flipping the answers. You might even discover something new? Each image frame is an interactive flip-box that will twirl around when you run your cursor over the image. The answer lies on the reverse side of the flip box. They flip easily so be careful not to reveal the answer too soon.

Once you have done the online activity, come in and see the plants at the Gardens for yourself and get amongst the leaf litter. Have fun but please remember, don’t stand on the garden beds.

Nothofagus x alpina syn Lophozonia alpina the rauli beech of Chili and Argentina

What plant has deposited this leaf litter?

HINT: A wonderful tree from south America

Nothofagus X alpina, or rauli beech

A beautiful deciduous tree from South America now called Lophozonia alpina. Closely related to the Tasmania Nothofagus, remnants of the super continent Gondwana flora.Lophozonia alpina, also called rauli or raulí beech
Quercus robur English Oak Seed from Winston Churchill home in England planted 1961

What plant has deposited this leaf litter?

HINT: A traditional deciduous European tree

Quercus robur or English oak, A traditional tree with a long heritage

The English oak, one of the most quintessential English trees that the first settlers planted to remind them of “home”. These leaves are from a specimen that was grown from a seed originally from the estate of Winston Churchill. Quercus robur English oak with acorns
Nothofagus cunninghamii leaves on the ground

What plant has deposited this leaf litter?

HINT: A beautiful Tasmanian native tree

Nothofagus cunninghamii the myrtle beech

Now known as Lophozonia cunninghamii this evergreen Tasmanian native is closely related to the South American rauli beechNothofagus cunninghamii leaves close up

Tilia platyphyllos Large leaf Linden

What plant has deposited this leaf litter?

HINT: A deciduous European tree with marvellous qualities

Tilia platyphyllos or Large leaf Linden

Linden trees have for centuries been highly regarded by peoples throughout the northern hemisphere, not only for their timber but also for their edible new leaves and the famous tea that is made from the flowers.
Tilia in full flower

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius Celerytop pine leaf litter

What plant has deposited this leaf litter?

HINT: A very unique Tasmanian native plant

Phyllocladus asplenifolius or cellerytop pine

This unique Tasmanian native is another throwback to an ancient time. The leaves are not actually true leaves they are modified stems known as phylloclades.Phyllocladus asplenifolius cellerytop Pine
Huon pine leaf litter with Blackwood cladodes as well

What plant has deposited this leaf litter?

HINT: A very famous Tasmanian native plant

Huon pine leaf and branch litter on top of other leaves, mostly Blackwood

Lagarostrobus franklinii the Tasmanian icon plant the Huon pine is truly a plant from prehistory. This plant has many accolades including its unique wood which is creamy white in colour, light and virtually rot proof. Huon Pine Lagarostrobus franklinii