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I have been watching and waiting for one of these for a month or so now – one of my favourite native flowers. There is something about their woolly (flannel?!) leaves which I find so unusual.

(Actinotus helianthi)
Flannel flower, a common name applied to several herbaceous plants of the Australian genus Actinotus, belonging to the carrot family.
It is a short-lived perennial, living up to four years in its natural environment. It grows in full sun or semi-shade. They flower between late September and early December.

Of the 15 species of the genus, the best known and one of the most attractive, is the Sydney or Eastern Flannel Flower, A. helianthi, which ranges from the far south-east of NSW into south Queensland, and as far north as the sandstone tablelands inland from Rockhampton.

It is an erect subshrub, up to a metre tall, with rather brittle stems and soft silver-grey leaves having a dense covering of pale woolly hairs. The daisy-like or star-shaped flowers are up to 8 centimetres across with an outer ring of long cream petals (bracts) which are flannel-like in texture.

SOLD medium framed print to an anonymous buyer 4 May 09 Thank you!!

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bush, native, nsw, flannel, dale, rosalie, actinotus, helianthi, kalkari, white, flower, australia, flowers, green, sydney

I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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Comments

  • Maximus
    Maximusover 5 years ago

    Chrissy calls them face flannel flowers… hee hee :)

  • Sarah Moore
    Sarah Mooreover 5 years ago

    LOL – you are taking lessons from Dennis…gorgeous shot Mum, so warm with a wonderful DOF.

  • At least I knew what to google for this one Sarah – most of the other natives are beyond me – I’ll need a botanical encyclopaedia!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    Not sure I’d like to use them for that Max!!! Thanks mate.

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 5 years ago

    Beautiful photo and DOF Rosalie.

  • Thanks Sharon

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago

    Really very beautiful flower and photo Rosalie!

  • Pleased you like it Ellen – one of our special Australian bush native flowers.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 5 years ago

    One of my fave flowers. A beautiful capture

  • Me too Sharon – I think it is their simplicity!!! Thanks for the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • InPort
    InPortover 5 years ago

    G’day Rosalie,

    [Sings: “Oh what a beautyyyyy…”]
    An excellent specimen of the species, photographed and presented extremely well.
    The composition of the flower and its two “buddies” is very good, the exposure in wonderful light has been very well handled, there is very good use of depth of field and your focus is as crisp as a chip.
    A well controlled contrast, exquisite detail and beautiful natural colour rounds off this fine floral photograph very well.

    GB
    Dennis

  • I felt like an interloper, adding this Dennis – more up your alley than mine! However we came across an absolute treasure trove of natives yesterday, so … I couldn’t resist!! I am chuffed by your comments and favouriting – thanks so much my friend.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Vic Cross
    Vic Crossover 5 years ago

    LOTS OF THESE GREW AROUND JERVI BAY HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY WERE WHEN ALL OUT
    LOVE IT ROSALIE

  • Thanks dad – they do make a show when they are massed.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 5 years ago

    beautiful Rosalie

  • Glad you like it … spring is a wonderful time of the year!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Lovely macro, very pretty …

  • Thanks Tom – taken through a fence, so I’m pleased it came out this well.

    – Rosalie Dale

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