Prickly Paperbark

The following photos are of an Australian Native Plant the Prickly Paperbark (Melaleuca styphelioides), which I planted in my front yard many years ago. This summer they were in full bloom giving me the best display I’ve ever seen from them.

Prickly Paperbark

Paperbarks got their name because the bark of these trees look like paper. Early settlers used the bark to light campfires when making tea. This gave them their nickname, “Tea Tree”.

Prickly Paperbark

With over 200 species of Melaleuca in Australia, only a few are trees. It is endemic to Australia, with Melaleuca forests, mainly in northern regions, covering some 6.5 million hectares.

These forests are important habitat for many birds such as egrets, herons, and spoonbills. Oils, e.g. Tea Tree Oil, come from the foliage of some species of Melaleuca.

Melaleuca derives from the Greek, melas (black) and leukos (white).

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Eucalyptus Flowers

The following photographs are of Eucalyptus  flowers of the Tuart tree (Eucalyptus gomphocephala). It is an Australian native plant and is endemic to Western Australia.

Eucalyptus Flower

Eucalyptus Flower

Eucalyptus Flower

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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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After the Rain

Last year was one of our wettest winters for many years. After a decade of drought, it seemed as though Mother Nature was trying to making amends in just one winter. In my part of Australia winter is the wettest part of the year. However, as winter continued it appeared as though the rain was not going to stop.

When winter became spring (at least by the calendar) the wet and cold weather continued. Spring was disguised as winter.

But, Mother Nature made amends by giving us some of the best showings of our Australian Native trees and plants. I had never seen such displays of beauty!

One of my favourite trees, the Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree (Corymbia ficifolia) was no exception.

Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

The Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree is native to south coastal Western Australia. These photographs were taken in the Colac Botanical Gardens, in regional Victoria. The tree does very well in this area and is also used by the local Council for streetscaping.

Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

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Monterey Cypress

The following image was created at the Botanic Gardens in Colac. It is of a Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) a native tree of California. I find that tree trunks make great black and white images and that was how I saw this one.

A Monterey Cypress growing in the Colac Botanic Gardens

A Monterey Cypress growing in the Colac Botanic Gardens

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Claret Ash

This week my project has been Autumn Colour.

The image below is of the Claret Ash, Raywoodii (Fraxinus oxycarpa) taken at the Botanic Gardens in Colac, Victoria, Australia.

Not all the autumn colour was on the trees.

Not all the autumn colour was on the trees.

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Crepe Myrtle

It is late Autumn in Australia, and the exotic trees are showing their true colours as we approach Winter.

The following images are of the Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei) Natchez, taken at the  Botanic Gardens in Colac, Australia.

 

The beautiful autumn colours of the Natchez hybrid Crepe Myrtle

The beautiful autumn colours of the Natchez hybrid Crepe Myrtle

In summer this Crepe Myrtle would be a mass of small white flowers, its beauty is now the colour of its leaves.

In summer this Crepe Myrtle would be a mass of small white flowers, its beauty is now the colour of its leaves.

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