The Waratah which is the name given it by the local Aborigines has the scientific name Telopea speciosissima. "Telopea" from the Greek means "seen from afar" and "speciosissima" from Latin means handsome. Both are appropriate names. It grows wild along the eastern seaboard of New South Wales, Australia in sandy well drained soil.
The white waratah was known by the early aborigines. In the Dreamtime it was the only colour form known. Among the stories and legends handed down is the following: "Searching for her lost mate a Wonga Pigeon flew high above the tree tops forgetting about her enemy, the dreaded hawk. She was attacked and his talons inflicted severe wounds. But the little pigeon freed herself and, with blood dripping from her wounds, she flew down among the white waratahs. Her blood dripped on them turning…
Waratah (Telopea speciosissima), Australia
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