Ravensthorpe Genestreams artwork for a proposed Genestreams Songlines Sculpture

This is a field naturalist artwork informed by the Ravensthorpe herbarium, the threatened and endemic plants of the Ravensthorpe Range, the ecology, geology and deep time history of the region. It is approximately 3 meters in height by 4.6 meters in length. It has been designed to be installed in 15 panels within an augmented reality Genestreams sculpture which is a content contributor to a broader project titled the Genestreams Songlines Sculptures. A Genestreams Songlines Sculpture has been proposed for Ravensthorpe.

Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork

Step 1 – This is a SciArt project focusing on broadening an awareness of the ecology, geology and deep time history of the region through a contemporary field naturalist artwork which is displayed on a SciArt webpage with accompanying film clips and other resource material that inspired the artwork. This project has a strong conservation message. It is presented as a visual literacy resource tool about the region.

In this first step project we have explored and documented the ecology, geology and conservation actions that are taking place in the Ravensthorpe Range. Through consultation we have selected 15 families. 13 of the families have endemic plant species only found on the Ravensthorpe Range, this was informed by landscape ecologist Nathan McQuoid. We gave particular focus to threatened species.

Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork

Special thanks to the Ravensthorpe community for supporting the development of this project. Special thanks to The Ravensthorpe Herbarium, Gabrielle Major, Di Burton, Kier Douthie, Rosmary Jasper, Nathan McQuoid, Sue Leighton, Natalie Bell, Kingsley Dixon, Gary Muir, David Groombridge and Keith Bradby and the Gondwana Link team. The Art of Nature online art course created by Mali Moir and Ben Beeton was offered to shire residence with several people accepting the offer and working towards the creation of artwork that will be included in the final Genestreams field naturalist artwork about the region. https://wildflowersravensthorpe.org.au/herbarium/

Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork

About Mali Moir – “For the past 25 years I taught students in botanical and scientific art thru the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, I illustrated for the National Herbarium of Victoria and I was a museum expedition artist. I lead a 10 year group art project into arid Australia. I hold an adjunct position at the University of Western Australia”. https://www.malimoir.com.au/

About Ben Beeton – “During the past 15 years I have completed over 35 artist residency projects in partnership with conservation and eco-tourism organizations focusing on the ecology, geology and deep time history of natural systems. I have spent many years developing the Genestreams toolkit for modeling the Tree of Life in new and innovative ways that we now use for our Genestreams Songlines Sculpture public art initiative. I worked at the Australian National University in the development of Genestreams virtual reality teaching tools. I hold adjunct positions at the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia”.

Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork

In this artwork we have placed the plants in the panels in accord with the phylogenetic tree of shared ancestry. If a sculpture is created for this project the phylogenetic tree will determine the sequence in which the families are displayed. In the project we used a map of the region as a contributing element. The plants are not displayed in accord to where they may be found in the landscape due to the importance of arranging them in accord the the phylogenetic tree as seen below.

Phylogenetic Tree of nominated plant families researched by Gary Muir of WOW Wilderness Tours
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
field studies in progress
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork

Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Geology and unique ecology in discussion overview with Keith Bradby of Gondwana Link
Research by Gary Muir
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork
Detail of the Ravensthorpe Genestreams Sculpture Artwork

Consolidated List of ARTWORK -Plant Families nominated by Landscape Ecologist Nathan McQuoid and Ravensthorpe Community- Order of families for artwork, 15 families, one on each of the 15 panels for an augmented reality Genestreams sculpture and a potential future Genestreams Songlines Sculpture.


1. Orchidaceae: 115 = P1 = 2 sp 

Rhizanthella johnstoni (syn. gardneri)  from internet photo 

Pterostylis  Greenhood from Ben photo 

2. Cyperaceae: 156 = P2 = 3 sp

Lepidosperma sanguinolentum  Rosemary Mali Ben 29.5.22 Kier’s property fresh collection 

Gahnia ancistrophylla  Rosemary Mali Ben  29.5.22 Kier’s property fresh collection 

Sedge species Rosemary Mali Ben 29.5.22 Kier’s property fresh collection 

3. Proteaceae: 175 = P3 = 5 sp

Grevillea patentiloba subsp. platypoda  Di 21.5.22 fresh collection 

G. sulcata  Rosemary 31.5.22 fresh collection 

G. fulgens  Rosemary 14.6.22 fresh collection 

Isopogon sp.  Di 21.5.22 fresh collection 

Banksia corvijuga  internet photo 

4.Dilleniaceae: 181 = P4 = 2 sp 

Hibbertia abyssus   D.Little 3.3.2012 Hallys orebody Ravensthorpe. Pressed collection. 

H. atrichosepala  internet photo Florabase  2

5. Fabaceae: 201 = P5 = 6 sp

Acacia bifaria  Rosemary 21.5.22 fresh collection from her property 

A. heterochroa subsp. herterochroa  Mali Ben 19.6.22 fresh collection 

A. myrtifolia  Rosemary 31.5.22 fresh collection 

A. pinguiculosa subsp. pinguiculosa  Rosemary 31.5.22 fresh collection 

A. sp.  Rosemary 31.5.22 fresh collection 

Daviesia megacalyx  Rosemary Mali Ben Ron 14.6.22 fresh collection 

6. Rhamnaceae: 208 = P6 = 3 sp 

Cryptandra craigiae  Craig 10103 01/07/2016 RAV Herbarium collection 

C. sp.  Rosemary 31.5.22 fresh collection 

Spyridium majoranifolium   Rosemary Mali Ben Ron 14.6.22 fresh collection    

Siegfriedia darwinioides  Rosemary 24.6.22  fresh collection 

7. Casuarinaceae: 217 = P7 = 1 sp

Allocasuarina hystricosa  internet photo  

8. Euphorbiaceae: 242 = P8 = 1 sp

Beyeria villosa  Craig 6084 30.4.2004 RAV Herbarium collection 3

9. Myrtaceae: 281 = P9 = 13

Calothamnus roseus  Rosemary 1.6.22 fresh collection  

C. quadrifidus  Rosemary 1.6.22 fresh collection 

Hoppergram = Eucalyptus desmondensis, E. desmondensis x occidentalis, E. occidentalis all Kier 22.5.22 fresh collection from her property

E. megacornuta Kier Mali Ben 22.5.22 fresh collection 

E. mcquoidii Nathan 14.6.22 fresh collection from Bremer Bay home

E. proxima  E. kessellii  E. salubris  E. tetraptera  Kier fresh collections 23.6.22 

Hypocalymma jessicae Rosemary 1.6.22 fresh collection  

Micromrytus navicularis Rosemary Mali Ben 14.6.22 fresh collection 

10. Gyrostemonaceae: 328 = P10 = 1 sp

Gyrostemon sessilis  M. Bennett 747 16/06.2003 RAV Herbarium collection 

11. Malvaceae: 309 = P11 = 2 sp 

Guichenotia anota  internetphoto  

G. apetala  internetphoto, dissections Rosemary 17.6.22 fresh collection 

12. Ericaceae: 403 = P12 = 3 sp

Styphelia epacridis  Rosemary Mali Ben Ron 14.6.22 fresh collection  

Brachyloma geissoloma   Rosemary Mali Ben Ron 14.6.22 fresh collection 

Acrotriche orbicularis  RAV Herbarium collection. Rosemary fresh collection  

13. Goodeniaceae: 458 = P13 = 2 sp

Dampiera deltoidea  E Tink 332 25/10/1998 RAV Herbarium collection 

Lechenaultia superba  Graham Richardson 14.6.22 fresh collection from Hopetoun home 

14. Pittosporaceae: 471= P14 = 2 sp

Marianthus mollis  internet photo. Dissections J Hill 2 02/12/1998 RAV Herbarium collection 

Billarderia bicolour  Kier 5.6.22 fresh collection 

15. Lamiaceae: 432 = P15 = 1 sp 

Microcorys pimeleoides  internet photo