Tuesday, November 30, 2010
An eastern Australian genus of four species, Telopea speciosissima - was proclaimed the official floral emblem of New South Wales. The generic name Telopea is derived from the Greek 'telopos', meaning 'seen from afar', and refers to the great distance from which the crimson flowers are discernible. The specific name speciosissima is the superlative of the Latin adjective 'speciosus', meaning 'beautiful' or 'handsome'. 'Waratah', the Aboriginal name for the species, was adopted by early settlers at Port Jackson. My entry for the Theme Thursday ATC with flowers challenge.