|Mataguanaco Anarthrophyllum desideratum, a spectacular pea, a spiky cushion-bush endemic to |
Patagonia, where it inhabits an arid, rocky, cold and windy world.
|Cantuta Cantua buxifolia, Colca Canyon, Peruvian Andes; family Polemoniaceae.|
This is the national flower of Peru, and co-national flower of Bolivia.
|Muchison Darwinia Darwinia virescens, Lesueur National Park, north of Perth.|
Another Myrtaceae from the northern sandplains of Western Australia - there really are a lot of them,
many of them red! This species is endemic to a very small area.
|Epidendrum ardens, Acjanaco Pass cloud forest at 4000 metres above sea level, |
Manu National Park, southern Peru.
This lovely orchid is less common than the equally spectacular E. secundum.
|Flame Lily Gloriosa superba, near Masindi, Uganda.|
This dramatic lily (family Colchicaceae) is found across much of Africa and Asia.
Unfortunately, every part of the plant is highly toxic.
|Grass-leaf Hakea Hakea francisiana, Pinkawillinie Conservation Park, South Australia.|
(I almost had to include this just for the name of the park!)
Found in sands in western South Australia and southern Western Australia.
|Isopogon divergens Kalbarri NP, Western Australia.|
You may well object that it is actually pink, but those are the buds - the open flowers at the
bottom of the inflorescence are indeed red, I'd submit.
(And my apologies, but this caption and some subsequent ones refuse to appear in
anything but bold, no matter what I do to them! Life is too short to persist fruitlessly...)
|Honeysuckle Grevillea Grevillea juncifolia is found widely across the arid inland.|
And yes, there is a fair bit of orange here, but J was tricky!
|Running Postman Kennedya prostrata, Ulladulla, New South Wales.|
This delightfully named sprawling pea is found across much of southern Australia.
|Chilean Mitre Flower Mitraria coccinea (family Gesneriaceae), Isla de Chiloé, Chile.|
A beautiful climbing endemic of the Chilean temperate rainforests.
|Nemcia rubra, Stirling Ranges NP, Western Australia. This genus of some 40 pea species is |
restricted to the south-west; some would incorporate it into Gastrolobium, but that would make
my current task a bit trickier...
|Limestone Mintbush Prostanthera calycina, High Cliffs, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.|
A threatened species, endemic to the limestone sands of Eyre Peninsula.
|Grey Mistletoe Amyema quandang, Byrock, New South Wales.|
This widespread mistletoe parasitises acacias.
|Red Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthus rufus, Stirling Ranges NP, Western Australia.The amazing kangaroo paws surely merit their own posting here one day.|
|Blood Lily, Scadoxus sp., Mt Cameroon, western Cameroon.|
A genus of African lilies in the family Amaryllidaceae.
|Scarlet Featherflower Verticordia grandis, Gathercole NR, Western Australia.|
The featherflowers of WA are some of the loveliest flowers imaginable;
Verticordia means 'heart turner'.
|Wickham's Grevillea G. wickhamii, Bladensburg NP, Queensland.|
An impressive dryland grevillea found across northern Australia; highly attractive to birds.
|Zephyr Lily Zephyranthes sp., Family Amaryllidaceae, below Machu Picchu, Peru.|
This is a family of some 70 species from the Americas.