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Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Monday, January 06, 2014

Coachwood trees offer fantastic display

I was about to write Coachwod trees look fantastic in "full bloom", but I realised that would be technically incorrect. They colour up when their flowers are finished and the sepals are maturing. "The flower colour is actually in the sepals, as there are no real petals (Ceratopetalum apetalum)"

A Coachwood along Pearsons Lane
Growing amongst Blackwood Wattles
 and other rainforest plants
There are masses of these trees in full flower just below the cliff level, along the Illawarra Escarpment.
View from the Jamberoo Lookout
off Jamberoo Mountain Road.
The lookout is excellent (on a clear day)
but the road sign has been removed by the RMS.
Look for a driveway on the east, just below
a serious rise in the road, on the Budderoo Plateau.
It is well worth a stop.
Easy parking, and a walk to a high tech platform
built by the National Parks and Wildlife Service people.
One of their best lookouts.

A zoomed shot of Coachwoods contrasting with
a bright green canopy of a very large "Pencil Cedar" tree.
Here are some close-up shots of the coloured sepals of the Coachwoods.

This shot shows the variation in form of the sepals
Some have 4 "calyx lobes" some have 5.

This shows the developing "Nut"
Within the "persistent calyx".
See this page of PlantNET

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