Flower of the Day – October 19 – Freshwater Paperbark – (Melaleuca rhaphiophylla)

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

Day 6.  Freshwater Paperbark

Also known as a swamp paperbark it is another member of the Myrtle family of plants, as evidenced by their spindly thin petals and leaves, the paperbarks are quintessentially Australian. 🙂

They get their name from the fine, thin bark that has a slightly leathery, papery quality which can be peeled off (it often peels itself!) from the trunk in thick layers which can be used for holding food like a plate or can be used as a liner for a wire hanging basket,  or can be divided finely into paper thin sheets for artwork.

I found this young beauty about to burst out in a beautiful display of white fluffy flowers.

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A more mature tree.
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Brilliant in the late afternoon sunshine.
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link to:

FOTD – – October 19, 2018 – Maple Leaves





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