At Once Familiar and Strange

“Whole tribes of plants which first seem familiar prove on a nearer examination, total strangers . . and not only the species that present themselves are new, but most of the genera, and even natural orders.” — Botanist Sir James Smith (1759-1828) quoted in Ann Moyal’s Platypus (2001, Allen & Unwin)

Indeed, that pretty much sums up Australia . . and not only the plants.

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