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What it looks like: This is a showy Ground Orchid with numerous white flowers on a long tall inflorescence growing from a rosette of basal leaves.

What it looks like: The Olive Ridley is the smallest Australian sea turtle, only reaching 70 cm in length. It has an olive-grey shell, with six large scales along either side of its back.

What it looks like: The Sei Whale is a large baleen whale that can grow to about 16 metres long. It is dark blue-grey on the back and paler below, with a small prominent fin about two-thirds of way down its body. It has a single ridge from the tip of its snout to its blowhole, and numerous throat grooves.

What it looks like: Narrow-leaf Climbing Pandan is a branching, woody climber that attaches to trees with roots produced along its stems. It has long, fine prickly leaves, produces yellow male and white female flowers in separate spikes and has strawberry-red cone-like fruits.

What it looks like: The Loggerhead Turtle has the largest head of all sea turtles found in Northern Territory waters. Adults can also be identified from their reddish-brown shells that have five large scutes along either side. Hatchlings have dark brown shells and light brown underbellies. They leave asymmetrical tracks in the sand because of their loping gait.

What it looks like: The King Fern, elsewhere known as the Giant Fern, is a distinctive large ground-dwelling fern with massive green fronds arising from a short or non-existent trunk.

What it looks like: The Hawksbill Turtle gets its name from its prominent upper jaw, which gives it a beak-like appearance. Its high-domed, heart-shaped shell is olive-green to brown with black, brown or red-brown markings, and has overlapping scales. They leave asymmetrical tracks in the sand because of their loping gait.

What it looks like: The Green Turtle is the most abundant of sea turtles in Northern Territory waters. It can be distinguished from other turtles by its olive-green, heart-shaped, darkly patterned shell and four pairs of shields between the centre and outer margin of the shell. Adults can grow to a metre long. They leave a symmetrical trail in the sand.

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.