Pin-cushion Hakea

The Pin-cushion Hakea (Hakea laurina) is a superb Australia Native Plant endemic to South-west Australia, however is grown widely throughout Australia and overseas.

The following photographs are of the flower of this small tree.

Pin-cushion Hakea

Pin-cushion Hakea

Meaning of the name: Hakea laurina

Hakea: after the 20th century botanist Baron von Hake.

laurina: because of the laurel like leaves.

Pin-cushion Hakea

Pin-cushion HakeaPin-cushion Hakea

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Dahlias in the Gardens

The following photos were taken during a recent walk through the Colac Botanic Gardens.

 

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Magnolia grandiflora

One of my favourite flowers is the Magnolia grandiflora, or Southern Magnolia. This tree, a member of the family Magnoliaceae, is native to the southeastern United States.

This photograph was taken a couple of days ago at the Colac Botanic Gardens.

Southern Magnolia

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Dingy Swallowtail

The following photograph is of a Dingy Swallowtail (Papilio anactus) I snapped a few days ago at the Williamstown Botanic Gardens.

Dingy Swallowtail

The Dingy Swallowtail is also known as the Dainty Swallowtail and the Small Citrus Butterfly. The male has a wing span of 67mm, while the female has a span of 72mm. The female has a larger abdominal size.

Dingy Swallowtails are active from November through to April. It is native to Australia.

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Banksia

The Banksia is a native Australian tree or bush. The following three images illustrate perfectly the life of the flower spike which is much sort after as a food source by nectarivorous animals, including birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and a host of invertebrates. The flowers are also of an economic importance to the Australian nursery and flower industry.

These images were taken at the Geelong Botanic Gardens in autumn. The first photograph shows the flower in its perfect state.

The flower spike of a Banksia

The flower spike of a Banksia

The next image shows a flower spike after it has been visited by a nectar seeking bird or other animal.

This flower spike shows distinctive signs of being visited by nectar seeking animals.

This flower spike shows distinctive signs of being visited by nectar seeking animals.

And, finally, a flower spike which has no, or very little, nectar left to share.

A flower spike with no nectar left.

A flower spike with no nectar left.

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Empty Seat in the Park

The following photograph is from my walk through the Botanic Gardens yesterday. Several years ago I began a project which I called Empty Seat in the Park and every now and then I add an image to it.

Empty Seat in the Park - on a sunny Winter's day

Empty Seat in the Park – on a sunny Winter’s day

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Bougainvillea

The Bougainvillea spectabilis, is a native plant of Brazil however this image was taken at the Botanic Gardens in Colac, Victoria, Australia.

Bougainvillea spectabilis - native to Brazil

Bougainvillea spectabilis – native to Brazil

Bougainvillea spectabilis

Bougainvillea spectabilis

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