Christmas Bells

Michael John

Oatley, Australia

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The Australian Christmas Bell is a special flower for me. I grew up with this plant growing in my parent’s front garden, with more plants just down the bottom of the street in native bushland. It flowered every year in December, and I learnt to associate those large red and yellow bells with Christmas.

Unfortunately the plants no longer seem to grow in the local bushland, and our plant from the front garden eventually died. So it is always a special moment for me when I see them growing in the wild.

Thanks to Phil for pointing this one out to me – the first Christmas Bells which I have seen growing for many years.

This image depicts a cluster of flowers in various stages of its life cycle.

The rarely seen Christmas Bell (Blandfordia nobilis) is a species of flowering plant native to eastern Australia. It was given the name Christmas Bells due to the shape of the flowers and the timing of its flowering season in Australia. It generally flowers in December and January and for this same reason it is the Australian Native Birthflower of December.

Captured in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon, G12.

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