|Notro or Firebush Embothrium concinnum, Torres del Paine NP, southern Chile.|
A small but spectacular South American genus whose close relationship with the
Australian waratahs (Telopea) is evident.
|Grevillea pectinata near Salmon Gums, southern Western Australia.|
The upper styles have emerged, the lower ones are still trapped in the flower tube.
|Banksia speciosa cone near Esperance, southern Western Australia.|
Only a few of the numerous flowers are usually fertilised.
|Recently burnt fruit of Mountain Devil Lambertia formosa, near Nowra, New South Wales.|
The devil's head will soon split to drop the seed into the ash bed.
|Hakea microcarpa fruit, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra.|
Most Hakeas have thick woody cones, but this one has smaller more fragile ones;
Grevillea and Lomatia have even more papery fruits.
|Persoonia sylvatica fruit, Tinderry Nature Reserve south-east of Canberra.|
Species are found from very arid central deserts to wet near-coastal forests.
|Hakea lorea, Kata Tjuta NP, central Australia|
|Monga Waratah Telopea mongaensis, Monga NP, south-eastern New South Wales.|
|Western Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera on Banksia speciosa, Esperance, Western Australia|
|Native bee on Persoonia sp.|
(Probably Xylocopa sp. - thanks Susan.)
Bellendenoideae has just one species, from the highlands of Tasmania.
|Mountain Rocket Bellendena montana, Ben Lomond NP, Tasmania.|
The flowers form white spikes in summer; these are the seed capsules.
|Persoonia linifolia; the tepals have rolled back to expose the four anthers and central style.|
|Stirlingia latifolia, Badgingarra NR, north of Perth.|
Commonly known as Blue Boy because cement made from the sand it grows in turns blue!
Stirlingia has just seven species, all from Western Australia.
|Petrophile pedunculata cones, Nowra, New South Wales.|
These are generally called conesticks from their more elongate woody fruits.
There are some 70 species, again mostly in the west.
|Grevillea juncifolia, central Australia.|
A spectacular desert-dwelling member of the biggest genus (370 species, nearly all being Australian).
And it will get its own posting in the not too distant future...
|Lomatia polymorpha, Mount Field NP, Tasmania.|
This genus of 12 species is found on the Pacific sides of both Australia and South America.
|Lomatia hirsuta, Volcano Orsono near Puerto Montt, southern Chile.|
|Lambertia formosa Nowra, New South Wales.|
These flowers produce the Mountain Devil fruit pictured above.
This is the only eastern species, but well known; there are another nine in the west,
where they are widely known as honeysuckles.
|Woody Pear Xylomelum angustifolium fruit, Lake Logue NR, north of Perth.|
A striking small tree, and an unusual genus in this context in that there are more species
in the east (four) than in the west (two).
|Orites lancifolia, high Namadgi National Park, above Canberra.|
In addition to the seven Australian species (most of which are Tasmanian) there are two in South America.