Flowers in Australia: 11

Waratah / Red Silky Oak / Alloxylon flammeum

The Protea family (Proteaceae) is spread across what was once Gondwana, through Southern Africa, Australia and South America. A great many of them, including many of the more spectacular species (many banksias, grevilleas and proteas), come from Mediterranean or arid areas of low summer rainfall. Alloxylon is found in Eastern Australia. For the most part the flowers have little or no fragrance and many are red in colour, which suggests that birds rather than insects are the main pollinators being catered for.

The New South Wales Waratah, Telopea speciosissima, is a large, long-lived shrub or tree that generally grows to about 3 m tall and is the floral emblem for the state.



11 Comments Add yours

  1. They’re lovely shots. Where did you photograph this one? At the Botanical Gardens? The NSW emblem is a very different looking flower.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The NSW emblem looks more like a lotus flower to me! These were two trees, one in the Botanic Gardens and the other in another small botanical garden here in Dee Why – Stony Range. It is famous for Australian native plants and spring floral displays.

  2. nowathome says:

    It is really beautiful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Definitely very colourful 🙂

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I must say I’m really enjoying ,my morning flowers with Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Gilly, I am enjoying capturing these beauties. 🙂

  4. Colline says:

    A beautiful flower.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Colline – I have got here just in time to see a lot of flowers before the summer begins in earnest.

  5. restlessjo says:

    Very glam! The proteas are such a showy bunch and I love them 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall have to see if I can get the NSW flower, as Meg says it looks very different to this one. A tighter protea shape, if that makes sense.

  6. pommepal says:

    I love our vibrant red flowers, you are certainly here at the best time of the year to see them all Jude.

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