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Exotic Flowers!

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This was immediately next to the 3 beautiful greeters in the restaurant tonight.

The flowers held their own!

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Can you name it?

Asher
 

Andy brown

Active member
Hi Asher. It’s a protea, South African origin. Not sure which species, quite likely a hybrid (lots of the ones sold in nurseries are).
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This isxaxtreat, Andy!

Extraordinary flower structure: never seen anything like it. Looks like a monocot!

I wonder stacked red side rings are stems or unopened blossoms?

Asher
 

Tom dinning

Registrant*
Is that a ginger flower, Andy?
I’ve got something like that out the back. I don’t think it’s edible ginger but it’s related.
Maybe.
 

Andy brown

Active member
Yeah Tom Zingiber spectabilis, beehive ginger, we’ll picked.
Asher, the rings are bracts, the flowers come out sporadically from them.
I planted this one two years ago. They’re very tropical, they love heat, water and humidity. Since planting it has been dry, dry dry. It’s been all I could do to keep it alive so seeing it flower was very rewarding.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
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Thanks Andy!

I have never seen anything remotely like this fella. Petals look like they have been stamped out with a cutter from a thick layer of wax, LOal!

Also that hexagon geometry is so unique. It is a lot of rosources invested.

Seems to be only a male flower. No female parts obvious.

I wonder why it has to be that thick?

Is the plant a succulent and that’s just the way it is?

Asher
 

Andy brown

Active member
It’s a pomegranate flower Asher.
Only planted it about 18 months ago. There are 3 set fruit on it now. The first of hundreds!
 

Tom dinning

Registrant*
Lillipilli.

Syzygium genus of the mytacaea family.
Common as gum trees here in the Top End. We have a white berry variety that’s not so sweet.
The pink one is brewed for wine in some sheds.

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Andy brown

Active member
Tom, I’ve got 3 lily pillies at my place. One has a beautiful soft pink flower.
Not flowering at the moment and I’m not sure if I’ve got any pics.
I always nibble on the fruits when I’m watering the garden.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I thought you had made up the name, Andy. Yes it real, by golly!

Fabulous plant with pretty leaves and actually berries to eat!

Now I also discovered Evil: The lilly pilly psyllid (Trioza eugeniae) is a tiny native insect pest that can live inside the leaves and make a pimple! Sounds like plant acne, LOL!

Asher
 

Andy brown

Active member
Asher we don’t need to make this shit up!
The fruits are not to everybody’s liking.
They’re quite sour. It’s a flavour I love but only in small doses.
I’m thinking a couple of them floating in your gin might be nice.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Here are two separate plants.

Both are succulent: one in the form of a tree the other a low to the ground pink-rusty red flowering plant with hanging over flowers in the shape of little bells!


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Asher Kelman: White Bark and Red Flower Bells
Fuji GFX, 100-200mm
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I originally discovered this in a store of exotic flowers so I thought they were flown in from South America.

But today on my COVID-19 escape walk, I came across wide beds of these on what appear to be succulent plants.


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Asher Kelman: Bee in Golden Sphere!


Who knows the name?

It appears to be a Protea, a wild flower found in South Africa.

Asher
 
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