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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: This small Ground Orchid has fleshy, creeping stems, each with three to seven oval leaves. Its dull green and white flowers barely open to display themselves. A perennial plant, it is adapted to extremes of wet and dry conditions. As the soil dries and hardens at the start of the dry season, resources are transferred from above ground parts to underground tubers.

Jack Lakes Wetlands Biodiversity Assessment, November 2007 & June 2008  APPENDICES

Jack Lakes is one of the most extensive wetland systems on South-eastern Cape York Peninsula. Biodiversity surveys of Jack Lakes were conducted by CYMAG scientists, Queensland Parks & Wildlife (QPW) and flora and fauna consultants at the end of the dry season (November 2007) and the end of the wet season (June 2008). The major objectives of the survey were to assess biodiversity through fauna and flora surveys, to identify threats to the biodiversity and to provide recommendations for the future management of Jack Lakes.

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.

Project Number: CY PA 10 - Turtles

Project Name: Phase Two Cape York Turtle Nest Monitoring Project

Organisation: Cape York Peninsula Development Association

Project Number: CY PA 13 - Crab Island

Project Name: Crab Island Flatback Turtles

Organisation: Cape York Peninsula Development Association

What it looks like: Mertens' Water Monitor is a medium to large goanna that can grow up to 1 metre long. It has a dark brown to black back and numerous small dark-edged cream or yellow spots. Its sideways flattened tail is well-adapted for swimming.

What it looks like: The Leatherback Turtle is the largest of all living sea turtles. It can weigh up to 500 kg and have a shell length of over one and a half metres. Its leathery shell has five longitudinal ridges and tapers to a point at the tail end. It is black with lighter spots. The shells of hatchlings are black with white markings on the ridges.

What it looks like: This large marine mammal can grow to 18 m long. Mostly black, it is white on its chin, belly and flippers. Clusters of tubercles make it look barnacle-encrusted. Its spectacular displays include launching its body out of the ocean, then crashing down on the water surface, and raising its broad tail flukes above the water in repeated dives.