The diversity of Tasmania's vegetation is astounding - mosaics of alpine herb fields and colourful heathland, ancient rainforests, tracts of native grasslands and dry windswept coastal vegetation.
Tasmania can lay claim to some of the most ancient plant species on earth, including the oldest known plant clone on earth, King's Holly (estimated at least 43,000 years); the tallest flowering tree, Giant Ash; and a large array of small beauties such as terrestrial orchids. On forest floors live a rich array of ferns, mosses and fungi while sea beds and reefs are home to hidden forests of seaweeds and marine plant life. With such breathtaking and irreplaceable diversity comes a responsibility to understand, manage and protect the plant life of Tasmania.
Have a look through for more information on some of Tasmania's most distinctive plants. You'll find these throughout our national parks and reserves. For more information on plant communities and conservation programs, please see The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania's Flora of Tasmania webpage.