FOTD – October 7 – Nodding Pincushion (Leucospermum cordifolium)

A visit to a local park for a walk and photographing opportunity recently proved only 50% successful – nothing much caught my interest to photograph.

Once again though, the value of paying attention to little things at all times proved it’s worth when i caught site of this from my car when taking little used back roads to return home. 🙂

(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand) 🙂lovewillbringustogether - Nodding Pincushion1A beautiful spread of pincushion plants in the front garden of this suburban home. In the foreground are the remains of a different Leucospermum with red tinged leaves, but more of that later…  🙂

lovewillbringustogether - Nodding Pincushion2Nodding Pincushions in close-up making a gorgeous golden pyramid. 🙂

lovewillbringustogether - Nodding Pincushion3A beautiful example of this member of the Protea family of plants which are native to both S Africa and my home of Australia. You can see threads of sticky nectar clinging between the flower’s styles which are around 6cm (a little over 2in) in length. (A style is a long, narrow tube-like extension of a plants ovary). 🙂

lovewillbringustogether - Leucospermum_cordifolium_Veldt_Fire.jpgThis magnificent flower is the ‘other’ type of Leucospermum i mentioned earlier, a variety known as Leucospermum Veldfire.  (This really deserves expanding to see full detail!)

The orange red ‘flames’ and the feather-like parts of the stamen, combined with the skyward pointing spikes reminds me of the Phoenix rising from it’s own ashes. 🙂



link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – October 7, 2019 – Autumn Leaf





    • You definitely don’t see much like it – even here.

      Doubly so in Yorkshire, i would imagine.

      They are very good for us over here as they are pretty drought tolerant and can survive on very little water… not sure you would fully grasp that (unnatural?) concept?? 😉

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    • It was a little shaded by a leafy tree when i first went past it, but after a stopped and walked back it was more directly in the sunlight and looked incredible! 😀

      They are designed to minimise water loss from the plant in hot sun and the flowers have a ‘waxy’ feel which makes them shine.

      I’m sure they would do well in Ca. 🙂

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      • I’ll have to look for them — it sure sounds as if they might do very well here, particularly if we have a dry winter. This week’s prediction is for hot, windy, fire weather!


        • Good luck looking!

          Parts of Aus are experiencing similar conditions and have for a while now – it’s never been known for bushfire season to be as bad this early in a season!

          Sounds like both our nation’s are experiencing increasingly long fire seasons and bigger, more destructive fires.

          Wonder why that is? 😦

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      • We’ve been lucky this year — we’ve had lots of small fires, either in areas where there’s not much danger, or the first responders got there quickly, or the weather has been helpful. This is only the first or second time this season that we’ve had serious fire warnings. It’s scary, though — all it would take would be a spark on a “red flag” day for a disaster to begin! The power companies are now actually turning off the flow of electricity if there’s a chance that wires may spark and start a fire — we can’t live without their power, but we also can’t live with the fires they begin! Just one of the effects of climate change!

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        • It’s also pretty hard to live without water, as we discussed previously. More towns in the East of Aus are either without or dangerously close to being without water now. Pipelines costing millions are having to be put down to draw the water from other areas – which will only make those areas more at risk themselves. Madness.

          And all some people seem able to do in the face of all this is deride a young foreign girl for drawing attention to what the science has been telling us for decades now??

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        • PS — And what a shame that the youth of our world need to be so angry with our leaders — she was extremely articulate, and very brave to talk to the UN — but shouldn’t we have seen the situation years ago?!

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        • The scientists have been trying to tell us all and have made the governments well aware since the 80’s – most have chosen to listen more to the economists and lobby groups with strong financial and self interest.

          Being nice and reasonable no longer works, if it ever did! It’s time more started getting angry if things are going to change, before we pass the point of no return.

          Anger should never replace truth and facts however. But the two can operate hand in hand when needed.

          We need SOMETHING!

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        • In Arctic Alaska, they are having to move entire towns back from the rising ocean — perhaps if that happens in more built-up coastal areas it will have a demonstrable effect

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        • I am always amazed at the number and location of houses pretty much all along the East Coast of the USA – they seem to build them right on the beach, or on a bar of sand just off the beach where the elevation does not seem to get much over 20ft??

          I think the up-coming cost in lost homes and their replacement is going to be astronomical??

          95% of Australians live within 30Km (20 Mi) of the ocean. Where i live several councils are spending millions on re-planning/building roadways and seawalls to try to limit the damage of beach erosion that is happening now. 😦

          We don’t have enough water to drink for a growing population but we have too much water washing away our homes and beaches.

          Crazy world.


      • Yes — water is even more essential than power! We had a few visionary leaders in the early 20th Century who set up a pretty good water distribution system in California — with desalinated sea water and recycled waste water, we should be ok on that front. I hadn’t realized that cities in Aus are having such difficulties, though I have a cousin who lives just a little bit north of Sydney. I hope the distribution system is being well planned and not just thrown in as needed!

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        • If your cousin is on the coast – or in the mountains they may be ok, although Sydney is having to start water restrictions on their gardens i believe? I guarantee though they will know all about the water problems in the NE of their state!

          Well planned? Our governments??

          Sigh! 🙂

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    • They are something else, huh?

      They come in oranges and pinks also and here in Australia we have a similar plant – the Waratah, a kind of Telopea – that is bright red (like my poppies! 😉 )


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