Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Friday, January 31, 2014

Flowers of Leptomeria acida (Native Currant)

When I went to photograph the NSW Christmas Bush in flower
on Barrengarry Mountain the other day
I noticed a number of stiff, erect shrubs growing amongst the Christmas Bushes.
They had tiny red flowers, with contrasting white stamens.
The whole flower had a definite geometric formation about it.
I have seen the flower before, but was never quite sure about its ID
That is because PlantNET has a very poor description.
That is probably because they have tried to describe it from dried specimens.
There are perfectly good photos of the flowers of this plant taken by
Alan Page of Waratah Software.

Seen in hand, the tiny flowers are barely visible.
This twiggy shrub has few true leaves.
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Fruit of Leptomeria acida
This photo was taken on a trip to Nerriga,
in February 2012.
If these bushes I was looking at on Barrengarry had
been bearing fruit (at the time)
I would have recognised them instantly.

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