One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian shrub which bears slender leathery leaves and clusters of crimson flowers.
Genus "Telopea", family "Proteaceae": several species, in particular "T. speciosissima", which is the emblem of New South Wales
- ‘The Bangalow palm, the waratah, the fire-wheel flower, the banksia and the Sturt desert pea are all accurately captured in the painting.’
- ‘Occasionally they borrowed indigenous names, as with kurrajong and waratah.’
- ‘There, in the vines at the foot of the waratah shrub, he died of his wounds.’
- ‘Flowers were widely used in design, particularly from the 1880s, when motifs based on the waratah, wattle, bottlebrush, and eucalyptus were popular.’
- ‘The spectrum of Australian flowers is amazing; some like waratahs large and obvious, others like thryptomene small but charming; seen close up, many are exquisite.’
- ‘The native waratah that was grown around Sydney, the Dharawal people, which is my people, actually used that as a substitute for mother's milk.’
Late 18th century: from Dharuk warata.
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