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