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Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
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[ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Plants in flower are in bold type.

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1 February 2013

Eremophila alternifolia

Eremophila alternifolia
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Flowers edging Banks Walk are many including Rhododendron viriosum attractive with the red bell-shaped flowers [seen in a pot outside the Visitors Centre]and the red flowering gum, Corymbia  ficifolia ‘Wildfire’ [Section 174] displaying its fluffy red flowers on a small  tree.  This walk will wander through the Mallee area of SA and WA, a longer but pleasant walk.

  1. Passing the Rock Garden waterfall where Lythrum salicaria [Section 15s] growing between the pools, with pink terminal flowers on the tall upright stems.  Continue to view the developing Red Centre Garden. Then take the left road which edges the development.
  2. Chrysocephalum apiculatum [Section 300] is a suckering plant clad with small orange flower heads on long stems.
  3. Set between the rocks, Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa [Section 100b] displays it dark centred red pea shaped flowers.
  4. A patch of the suckering Button Wrinklewort Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides [Section 100b] is a dense groundcover clad with yellow button shaped flowers.
  5. Grevillea tetragonoloba [Section 100b] with branches towards the road, has red toothbrush-like flowers among the fine divided leaves.
  6. Towards the corner a blue-bush,Maireana sedifolia [Section 100b] covers its small branches with grey fleshy leaves.  Although not flowering, the shrub is quite attractive.
  7. While at the corner, Eremophila warnesii [Section 100b] has only few low lateral branches with terminal velvety leaves and few bright mauve bugle flowers.
  8. Enter the SA and WA Mallee area in an anticlockwise direction.  Eremophila alternifolia [Section 100b] is an open shrub with pink trumpet shaped flowers.
  9. Nearby Eremophila calorhabdos [Section 100b] is an upright dense shrub with small leaves hugging the stems and magenta coloured flowers towards the terminals of the branches.
  10. Lechenaultia biloba [Section 100b] bears soft small blue flowers on small upright stems.
  11. Beaufortia orbifolia has red bottlebrush-like flowers towards the branch terminals on the medium size shrub.
  12. Thryptomene denticulata [Section 100b] is a small open shrub with fine foliage and tiny pink flowers edging the stems.
  13. At the corner the red flowering gum, Corymbia ficifolia [Section 100c] is attractive with its many fruits, its lovely red flowers are seen at the top of the small tree.
  14. Thomasia petalocalyx [Section 100a] covers the inner corner.  It is a medium dense shrub profuse with small downturned pink flowers.
  15. Grevillea tripartita subsp. macrostylis [Section 100c] has few long branches with sharp leaves and attractive dusky red and yellow flowers with long curved styles.
  16.  Pelargonium rodneyanum [Section 100c] is a low spreading plant with pink geranium-like flowers.
  17. Hypocalymma jessicae [Section 100a] is a shrub of medium size, clad with tiny frilly pink flowers and lastly,
  18. Astartea sp. [Section 100c], close to the path, is bright with white petalled flowers on the upright shrub.
  19. Return to the road and in the small section opposite, Babingtonia pluriflora [Section 41] is a large dense shrub profuse with small white petalled flowers.
  20. Edging the road Goodenia macmillanii [Section 41] has long low stems with soft pink flowers.
  21. Climbing high over many shrubs, Hibiscus heterophyllus [Section 41] displays its many large white flowers.

Barbara Daly.