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May 02, 2020 07:04 |  #136

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I managed to get out today for a walk along Tolmer Creek in Litchfield National Park. This tiny (8 mm) flower is from Stylidium semipartitum, a semi-carnivorous plant that catches small flying insects on its sticky hairs in much the same way as sundews. The most interesting feature of stylidiums, however, is its method of pollination. In the second photo you can see its staminate structure below and behind the flower. It contains a large load of pollen. When a small insect visits for a feed of nectar it triggers the stamen to snap over onto the insect's body, dumping its load of pollen (hence its common name of trigger plant). The insect then flies off to feed at the next flower, spreading the pollen all over it and ultimately fertilising its ovules.

Stylidium semipartitum, trigger plant, the first in its 'cocked' position and the second after a small flying insect had stopped by and triggered the stamen to dump its load of pollen on it.


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May 02, 2020 07:14 |  #137

And this is what the entire plant looks like, growing in its rocky habitat.


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May 02, 2020 07:35 |  #138

Banksia dentata, the only species of banksia in the Northern Territory.


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May 02, 2020 16:13 as a reply to  @ Pippan's post |  #139

They're pretty.
Our trigger plants grow from single stems. But the flowers are so similar
Beautiful banksia.
They are a very showy species



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May 02, 2020 17:23 |  #140

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They're pretty.
Our trigger plants grow from single stems. But the flowers are so similar
Beautiful banksia.
They are a very showy species

There are a few other species of trigger plant up here too, though not as common as this one. I'll try to find some to photograph.


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May 02, 2020 19:44 |  #141

Hibbertia cistifolia at Tolmer Creek, Litchfield National Park, NT.


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Jun 18, 2020 07:05 |  #142

Banksia


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Nov 22, 2020 04:18 |  #143

White flag iris, butterfly iris​ Diplarrena moraea


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Dec 14, 2020 05:05 |  #144

Richea scoparia (Scoparia)
This grows in our highland areas, prickly as .... and burns fiercely
It will burn when wet and in its green form.
In days past, I've got a fire going with it in pouring rain and boiled the billy etc. Not the done thing these days, thankfully.
It is a beautiful sight as it fills acres of ground and comes in many colours from white to cream to reds.
Unfortunately only one colour where I was today.


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flower spike, seeded head (this years) and last years remains of seed head
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Dec 14, 2020 05:12 |  #145

this is another very prickly but beautiful shrub
Hakea lissosperma
Grows in thickets and today in the heat the scent was intense and very sweet.


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Dec 15, 2020 04:39 |  #146

a very pretty orchid near Cradle Mt
Diuris monticola (highland golden moths).


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and a native buttercup


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Dec 22, 2020 23:26 |  #147

With this photo of a Syzygium Wilsonii flower I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


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Dec 22, 2020 23:31 |  #148

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With this photo of a Syzygium Wilsonii flower I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


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Thank you Lyn, that's a beautiful Christmas flower. I hope your Festive Season is a happy and memorable one.


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Dec 22, 2020 23:32 |  #149

Lyn2011 wrote in post #19170709 (external link)
With this photo of a Syzygium Wilsonii flower I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Many thanks Lyn2011.
I'll willingly accept that.:-)
A beautiful and fitting Christmas cheer Aussie flower.
All the best in these odd times.



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Dec 22, 2020 23:35 |  #150

Thanks Pippan and Richard, it's a flower from the Botanical Garden Mt. Cootha.




  
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