Australia Pre Stamped Envelopes – Flora of Cook’s Voyage – Dillenia alata

A team of naturalists led by Joseph banks collected hundreds of plants as James Cook navigated the Endeavour along Australia’s eastern coast in 1770. Sydney Parkinson’s botanical sketches were transformed into watercolor  illustrations and engravings after expedition returned to England.

The Dillenia alata specimen was collected at the Endeavour River Queensland between 17 June and 4 august 1770.

Dillenia alata, commonly known as red beech or golden guinea tree, is a rain forest tree found in northern Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands. It is a medium-sized tree with reddish-brown papery bark. The leaves are 11–23 mm long and 6–13 mm wide and connected to the stem by a stem-clasping winged petiole.

PSE Envelope no 103        Date of Issue  12 Mar 1986.