Flower of the Day – October 14 – Geraldton Wax (Chamaelaucium uncinatum)

So this week i’m dedicating my FOTD to Australian Natives. 🙂

Day 1.  Geraldton Wax

This may be one of the few plants named after a small regional town – Geraldton in my state of Western Australia. It is native to the coastal plains between Perth, the capital, and Geraldton some 400km (250 mi) away.

The wax part of the name should be pretty obvious if you take a closer look at the amazing flowers of this shrub which can grow to around 4 m (12 ft) high. They look like they are literally made of molten wax frozen in time!

Like the bottlebrush from Wednesday this is also a member of the Myrtle (Myrtaceae) family of the Plant Kingdom and like them the local bees just love them :-).

(Click on the pics to open in a new window and click again to see full size detail) 🙂lovewillbringustogether - geraldton wax

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The flowers open out from little white or pink round balls and grow deeper in colour as they age.

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link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – October 14, 2018 – Dahlias



One comment

  1. I love these flowers you are displaying today. I know I’ve grown them at some time in the past…probably as inside plants as I don’t remember being too “into” growing plants when I was in Australia. I was too busy just enjoying them outside. I put another photo of the flower we discussed yesterday on my blog so you can see the true size of the flower in comparison to other objects on the table. Have another look.

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