National Geographic : 1976 Dec
F ANCIFUL FORMS attest nature's startling floral diversity. Shim mering in lethal beauty, each leaf of a silver-dollar-size pigmy sundew (left) is ringed with dewy tentacles that enfold insect prey. Elsewhere, the per fect symmetry of a scarlet banksia (low er, far left, enlarged two times) and the disarming loveliness of a common don key orchid (lower, left center, enlarged three times) present more benevolent aspects of nature's face. Floral emblem of Western Australia, the Mangles' kangaroo paw (below, ac tual size) decorates thousands of gar dens across the state. This close-up shows the pollen-laden anthers. A peculiar relative of the lily family -and a type of plant rarely found else where in the world-the blackboy (right)sports a flowering spike 10 to 12 feet high, a snack bar for swarms of in sects and insect-hungry birds. XANTHORRHOEA PREISSII(RIGHT); 4NIGOZANTHOSMANGLESII(BELOW'