Thursday, 10 January 2008

Summer beauties

Two more pale summer flowers. Woolly Rice-flower Pimelea octophylla grows in woodland on sandy soil. It's a beautiful shrub, with nodding flowers. You can see why it's called 'woolly', and the scientific name refers to the eight bracts behind the flowers. The second one, with very pale pink trumpets, grows in damp areas. It's an Austral Brooklime Gratiola peruviana. Both were growing in Annya State Forest north of Heywood.

Pimelea octophylla

Gratiola peruviana

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