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Information about plants in flower this week

A news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer, featuring the flowers, fruits and foliage of a selection of plants in the Australian National Botanic Gardens .
Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
Numbers in square brackets
[ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Featured plants are in bold type.

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25 May - 7 June 2016

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Today we will start our walk from the café then continue up the Main Path..

  1. On your left as you leave the cafe is Banksia spinulosa ‘Stumpy Gold  [Section 131], with fine, toothed linear foliage and masses of short gold  brushes with rusty red styles. This plant is a dwarf cultivar of Banksia spinulosa var. collina from material collected  on the New South Wales (NSW) Central Coast.
  2. Also on your left is Eucalyptus gregsoniana [Section 131] with a grey trunk and white fluffy flowers. The Wolgan Snow Gum, as it is known, or Mallee Snow Gum, is found in the highlands of NSW.
  3. Continuing on your left is Epacris longiflora [Section 131], or Native Fuchsia with thin tubular red flowers with white tips on a small prickly bush. This plant belongs to the heath family whose native range extends from the central coast of NSW to southern Queensland.
  4. Further on your left is Callistemon ‘Little John’ [Section 131] a dwarf form of Callistemon viminalis. This plant shows a stunning contrast between deep red bottlebrush flowers and green/blue foliage.
  5. Still on your left is Epacris longiflora ‘Nectar Pink’ [Section 131],  a very floriferous small shrub covered in slender pink bells with white tips.
  6. On your right is Correa reflexa (Kangaroo Island form) [Section 240], a long-flowering, small shrub with neat foliage and pink tubular flowers with green tips and exserted (protruding) stamens.
  7. Further on your right is Acacia alata var. biglandulosa [Section 240] or Winged Wattle, with flattened phyllodes and masses of white fluffy ball flowers. It is native to Western Australia (WA).
  8. Take the Main Path up the hill to your left, to see on your left Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia [Section 30], or Heath Banksia, a long-flowering, medium-sized shrub with attractive divided foliage and long orange inflorescences.  It is native to NSW, but has naturalised in small numbers in Victoria.
  9. Also on your left is Persoonia mollis subsp. ledifolia [Section 30] a low bush with green foliage and small, tubular yellow flowers. This plant is endemic to NSW.
  10. Grevillea diminuta [Section 30] on your left has hanging clusters of orange/red flowers on a neat medium-sized bush.  It is native to NSW and the ACT. It was first formally described by Lawrie Johnson in 1962.
  11. Banksia heliantha (Dryandra Group) [Section 30], which used to be known as Oak-leaved Dryandra before the 2007 reclassification of all dryandras to banksias, is on your right. It has stiff spiky foliage and a magnificent green bud erupting from a rusty red base which becomes a yellow flower. It is native to southwestern WA near Esperance.
  12. Also on your right is Correa alba (pink form) [Section 30], a small upright bush with pink star flowers and grey-green foliage. It occurs naturally in sandy or rocky areas in coastal areas of south-eastern Australia
  13. Banksia spinulosa var. neoanglica [Section 25], or New England Banksia, is on your left, with silver backed dark green divided foliage with yellow/gold brushes held upright. This shrub grows along the east coast of  Queensland and NSW.
  14. On your right is Buckinghamia celsissima [Section 27] or Ivory Curl, which is a small tree with fragrant dense terminal clusters of cylindrical ivory flower spikes. These trees grow naturally only in the wet tropics rainforest areas of north eastern Queensland.
  15. Across the road on your left is Hakea cycloptera [Section 24], or Elm-seed Hakea, with pale pink curled flowers on spiky needle-like grey foliage. It is native to South Australia. The name means circular wings and refers to the wing that surrounds the seed.

Rosalind Walcott