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Richea Scoparia is a common alpine shrub endemic to Tasmania that comes out with red, pink or white flowers in the summer months. Its leaves are very sharp, and as one Tasmanian bush blogger put it, to attempt to bush bash through the Richea scoparia welcomes a “Gore-Tex ripping extravaganza”. Some regions within Tasmania, such as Pelion Gap on the Overland Track, are covered with vast tracts of scoparia. Interestingly, Richea scoparia sometimes forms a hybrid species with Richea pandanifolia (pandanis) called Richea curtisiae.
This scoparia flower was photographed on the Tarn Shelf at Mt. Field. Mt. Field National Park in southern Tasmania is about an hour northwest of Hobart and is much loved by both locals and tourists. The track across the Tarn Shelf to Twilight Tarn is one of Mt. Field’s most popular alpine walks. The trail takes walkers past groves of fagus, snow gums and pencil pines as it winds its way around many small tarns before it descends to the buttongrass moorlands.