Stories in this Theme

What it looks like: Emus are huge flightless birds with long legs and necks. They can grow to nearly 2 metres tall. Their shaggy plumage can vary in colour from pale greyish brown to greyish buff with black spots. Young Emus are striped dark brown over a buff-coloured down.

What it looks like: Darwin Palm, also known as MacArthur Palm, is a slender multi-stemmed plant of the rainforest understorey. Its bright green fronds have numerous opposite pairs of long, simple leaflets. It produces large, cascading clusters of bright red fruit.

What it looks like: Climbing Pandan is a large woody climber. Its strappy, sharply-toothed leaves can be as long as 80 cm. It produces brownish male and orange to pink female flowers in separate spikes, and tight, cone-like crimson fruit.

What it looks like: The Canefield Rat is a medium-sized, communal rodent with particularly short legs. Except for its pale grey belly and ears, it has dark golden-brown, coarse, almost spiny fur and long guard hairs on its rump.

What it looks like: This large bat has dark reddish-brown to black fur with white speckling. Its rump is furless, and the tip of its tail extends beyond its tail membrane.

What it looks like: Australian Sugar Palm is a multi-stemmed palm that can grow up to 16 metres tall, and produces new suckers from the base of existing plants. Its 5 metre fronds have long strappy, pale green leaflets. It produces weeping clusters of fleshy pink fruit.

What it looks like: Australian Bustards are tall birds usually seen singly or in small groups. They have a brown body and black cap. Males puff out their long white necks in breeding displays. Females are smaller and greyer. Reluctant to fly, bustards usually scurry away when disturbed.

What it looks like: Mapania is a large coarse sedge that is sometimes likened to Screw Palms (Pandanus spp.). Its leaves, which can be as long as 4 metres, have three ribs and distinct secondary nerves, and are spiny along the edges. Mapania produces single-seeded fleshy fruits called drupes.

What it looks like: Luisia Orchid is a pale green, wiry plant that forms straggly and sometimes weeping clumps along tree branches. Its long, tubular leaves are borne in two rows along the stem. It has green flowers with a dark burgundy lip.

What it looks like: Pternandra is a multi-stemmed shrub or tree with smooth, apricot-grey bark. Its glossy green, oval leaves are borne in opposite pairs and have a single distinct vein running along the inside of each margin. Its pale blue to purple flowers are borne in small clusters in the leaf axils, and develop into round yellow-green berries that turn black as they ripen.