Northern Territory Floral Emblem
The Sturt’s Desert Rose was discovered by Charles Sturt in 1844-45 and was given it’s botanical name in 1947 by James Hamlyn Willis. The actual plant only has five petals the extra two in the flag are purely symbolic. It is also known as the Darling River Rose, Cotton Rosebush and Australian Cotton. Gossypium Sturtianum is a woody shrub, closely related to cultivated cotton and grows up to 2 metres tall. The flower is quite large with a diameter of 120mm.
Northern Territory Animal Emblem
The Red Kangaroo is Australia’s largest marsupial, the adult male can reach a height of over two metres. The kangaroo is an iconic Australian animal and the most recognisable. These animals can travel great distances over rugged terrain and live throughout inland Australia.
Northern Territory Bird Emblem
The Wedge-tailed Eagle, also known as the Eaglehawk is the largest bird of prey in Australia. It has a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres. Recognised by its long wedge-shaped tail, and acrobatic prowess the Wedge-tailed Eagle can soar up to 2km above the earth.