Friday Wildflower Fix: Cushion Plant

The cushion plant is one of my favourites.  I saw my first one when I was a teenager, hiking to the summit of Cradle Mountain with my parents.  I had never seen anything like it – the exquisite knots of delicate flowers and intricate, symmetrical twists of green growing only millimetres above the soil and forming a floral blanket over the land.  Its fragile appearance belies its toughness.  I photographed this cushion plant on the walking route up Frenchman’s Cap, a rugged quartzite peak in Tasmania.  Cushion plants are adapted to live in some of the coldest, most inhospitable environments in the world, growing in nutrient-poor soils ravaged by fierce winds.  

 

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