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In Flower This Week

A news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer.
Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
Numbers in square brackets
[ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Plants in flower are in bold type.

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28 October 2015

Dracophyllum oceanicum

Dracophyllum oceanicum
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Only a short walk today, as there are so many flowers in bloom.

  1. Turn right as you exit the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) to see on your right two pots of Platytheca galioides [Section 221]. This plant, native to southwestern Western Australia, has fine foliage and deep purple bell flowers with dark red centres.
  2. On your left in a pot is Dracophyllum oceanicum [Section 210], with red stems, curved stiff foliage and white terminal flower clusters. This plant occurs in the wild in a restricted area around Jervis Bay in New South Wales.
  3. Further on your right is Kennedia macrophylla [Section 174], a vine with soft green trifoliate leaves and orange/red pea flowers. This plant is rare and endangered and is found only in the Augusta-Cape Leeuwin area of coastal southern Western Australia.
  4. On your left is Alyogyne huegelii ‘West Coast Gem’ [Section 210], with clear purple “hibiscus”-like flowers, which open for a short period only but are prolific. The shrub is medium-sized with coarse foliage.
  5. On your right is Epacris longiflora [Section 174], with long thin tubular white flowers on a straggly light green bush. This species belongs to the heath family and its native range extends from the central coast of New South Wales to southern Queensland.
  6. Further on your right in a pot is Hibbertia stellaris [Section 174], or Orange Stars, with masses of orange star flowers on wiry foliage. This brilliantly-flowering groundcover from southern Western Australia grows naturally in swamps.
  7. Also on your right is a group of Pimelea rosea ‘Deep Dream’ [Section 174], with rounded heads of deep mauve-pink tubular flowers on a small plant with greyish-green foliage.
  8. On your right as you cross the bridge is Olearia argophylla [Section 66], commonly called Musk Daisy Bush or Native Musk. It is a tall shrub or small tree with felted grey leaves and white, strongly-scented flowers. It is an east coast species and grows naturally in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania
  9. Go past the café and bear right towards the Crosbie Morrison Building to see in a pot on your left Chamelaucium uncinatum ‘Purple Pride’ [Section 240], a small bush with needle foliage and deep purple “wax” flowers.
  10. Also in the same pot on your left is Boronia ‘Purple Jared’ [Section 240], with green foliage and deep purple bell flowers.This cultivar is a cross between Boronia megastigma and B. heterophylla.
  11. On your left is Grevillea ‘Bonfire’ [Section 240], a tall bush with fine dark green needle foliage and many clusters of red flowers. This plant is a hybrid between Grevillea johnsonii and G. wilsonii.
  12. Grevillea ‘Winpara Gold’, [Section 240] on your left is a medium-sized bush with fine foliage and pink and yellow pendent clusters of flowers. It is a possible hybrid, which arose as a seedling at "Winpara", near Jervois, South Australia.
  13. Look to your right to see Petrophile biloba [Section 240], or Granite Petrophile, an upright shrub with upward-pointing green foliage and large yellow cone flowers. It is native to southwestern Western Australia.
  14. On your right is Philotheca myoporoides [Section 240], beloved by bees and hoverflies. It is a neat shrub with dull green foliage, pink buds and white star flowers and is endemic to south-eastern Australia.
  15. On your left is Commersonia magniflora [Section 240], a medium-sized bush with a strong scent covered in white flowers fading to pink. This plant is from central and western Australia.

Rosalind Walcott