Saturday, January 21, 2006

For Sandy and Others

A few of the more than 50 varieties of Banksia, which belong to the Protea family. Posted by Picasa

7 comments:

Wendy A said...

Isn't that the same as the bottle bush. They are everywhere around here.

Alice said...

Wendy - the Callistemon (bottlebrush) has much different leaves and a much softer flower (very like a bottlebrush that you would use for cleaning bottles)than the banksia, which has a flower generally made up curled or looped petals and is a very firm flower, almost wiry.

Sandy said...

Thanks Alice! I was just on a photoblog somewhere and had asked what kind of flower he had taken a pic of. This was it!!!!

Kerri said...

Oh so pretty Alice. I do love to see the natives. I was very impressed by the native plantings along the highway leaving Sydney airport (I've suddenly "lost" the name of the airport!!!) last time I was there. My Mum had some of these native plants at her new unit in Corlette (Port Stephens). Beautiful. Nice to hear the differences explained too.

Alice said...

Kerri - I think it's still called 'Kingsford Smith Airport', although most people just refer to it as Sydney Airport.

ms*robyn said...

hey, I am back, remember me? my garden is a mess & here I am on the blog :) can't wait to catch up !

judypatooote said...

I can remember visiting my aunt in Ca. and discovering the bottle brush tree, my aunt had in her yard. I was so impressed...bright red and it truly looked like a "bottle brush"......took tons of pictures of it.....