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Christmas Bush

Kunzea
Ozothamnus
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Flowering early Summer

The puffy balls of purple and yellow Melaleuca flowers have given way to the whites more commonly associated with Christmas. Both the Bursaria spinosa (Prickly Box) and Prostrantera lasianthos (Mountain Lilac) are confusingly called Christmas Bush in some field guides, although they are easy to tell apart. Both are easy to spot now as they rain their petals everywhere. It is not until these trees flower that you realize how prolific and widespread they are.

The sweet smelling Kunzea that attracted a frenzy of insects has almost finished but the Ozothamnus is still going strong. In contrast, the delicately coloured Duck Orchids, pink Trigger plants and Hyacinths are a pleasnat surprise from the gullies to the tops of the hills.

Just a few of the many natives flowering at the moment, in the order they appear on left

Common name Botantical name
Prickly Box Bursaria spinosa

Mountain Lilac

Prostrantera lasianthos
Kunzea Kunzea ambigua
Ozothamnus Ozothamnus purpurascens
Flying Duck Orchid Caleana major
Trigger Plant Stylidium graminifolium
Hyacinth Orchid Dipodium roseum

 

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