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In Flower This Week

A news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer.
Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
Numbers in square brackets
[ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Plants in flower are in bold type.

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30 September 2015

Thomasia tenuivestita

Thomasia tenuivestita
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We will walk to the waterfall today, seeing plenty of flowering plants along the way.

  1. Turn right as you exit the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) to see on your right in a pot Telopea ‘Essie’s Gift’, with long green leaves and spectacular dark pink flowers. Essie's Gift' is a new selection and is named in honour of the late Essie Huxley who was devoted to the genus Telopea.
  2. Also on your right is Philotheca myoporoides subsp. acuta [Section 174], with masses of white star flowers with pink buds on a neat shrub. This plant is native to central west New South Wales.
  3. Further on your right is Phebalium daviesii [Section 174], or St. Helens Wax Flower, a small shrub with bright green leaves and yellow star flowers. In the wild this plant is restricted to a small area in north-east Tasmania.
  4. Acacia cognata ‘Green Mist’ [Section 210], on the left, is a weeping shrub with green linear leaves and yellow balls of flowers. It is a dwarf form of the Bower Wattle, Acacia cognata.
  5. Before you cross the bridge look to your right to see Rhodanthe anthemoides [Section 60], a mound of grey-green foliage almost covered with white daisy flowers with gold centres. Also known as Chamomile Sunray, this plant is widespread in mainland Australia but listed as rare in Tasmania.
  6. Go across the bridge and past the café to see on your left Micromyrtus ciliata [Section 131], or Fringed Heath Myrtle, with arching stems, close green foliage and clusters of small white flowers with maroon centres. It is native to southeastern mainland Australia.
  7. Turn left up the hill on the road to see on your left Westringia longifolia ‘Wandin Gem’ [Section 119], a large lax shrub with small dark foliage and pale mauve flowers.
  8. On your right is Eremophila drummondii [Section 302], a small shrub with sticky green foliage and mauve tubular flowers. It is found in the wild in southwestern Western Australia.
  9. On your left is Grevillea aspleniifolia [Section 124], a very large sprawling shrub with long linear toothed green foliage and pink toothbrush flowers. It is endemic to New South Wales.
  10. A group of Westringia longifolia [Section 6] on your right are large shrubs with small green leaves and masses of white flowers. This plant is found from central New South Wales to southern Queensland.
  11. Across from the waterfall on your right is Thomasia tenuivestita [Section 4], a small shrub with pale green foliage and purple flowers with dark red centres. It is found in the wild in southwestern Western Australia.
  12. Guichenotia ledifolia, [Section 4] on your right, has grey-green foliage covered in masses of dusty pink five-petalled flowers with maroon centres. It is native to south western WA.
  13. In front of the waterfall on your left is Indigofera australis [Section 15x], a small straggly shrub with pink flowers. It is a member of the pea family and is found in all states of Australia.
  14. Just past the waterfall on your left is Grevillea saccata [Section 15s], a shrub with weeping branches of bright green upright leaves and striking pinkish-orange flowers. Grevillea saccata is commonly known as Pouched Grevillea, and is endemic to southwestern Western Australia.
  15. Also on your left is Acacia acinacea [Section 15r], or Gold Dust Wattle, a small shrub with green leaves smothered in gold balls of flowers. It is native to southeastern mainland Australia.

Rosalind Walcott