A touch premature perhaps, but we're about to head off for a few days for a family Christmas at Nowra (3 hours away on the Shoalhaven River, near the New South Wales south coast).
Apart from the traditional northern hemisphere image, Christmas Tree means different things to different people in Australia, depending on where you live. In New South Wales it refers to a rainforest tree whose hitherto inconspicuous sepals develop dramatically and turn red after the petals drop.
|Ceratopetalum gummeriferum, family Cunoniaceae.|
Victorian Christmas Bush on the other hand (which also grows well north into New South Wales!) is a member of the mint family, with copious snowy white flowers in wet mountain gullies at Christmas time.
|Prostanthera lasianthos, family Lamiaceae.|
|Bursaria spinosa, family Pittosporaceae.|
|Nuytsia floribunda, family Loranthaceae.|
Back on Friday 28 December.