Wildflowers of the Blue Mountains - Sydney Flannel Flower

Gayle Shaw

KATOOMBA, Australia

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This photograph was taken in a small patch of elusive flannel flowers that I came across near Lithgow, NSW, Australia. I had to go walking through the bush, through 1000 spider webbed bushes to get to these beautiful flowers. Now this is a mean feat for me because I am scared of spiders, but I have searched for these flowers for a long time so couldn’t let that opportunity pass me by.

The Sydney Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) is an Australian wildflower usually found in open forest and woodland, usually on sand or sandstone on the coast and mountains of New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Flannel flower is a herbaceous or shrubby plant reaching almost a metre in height in good conditions but is often much smaller. The leaves are deeply lobed, grey and velvety in nature, giving rise to the common name. The flowers are small and occur in clusters surrounded by velvety, “petal-like” bracts. The overall appearance of each head of flowers is similar to a daisy.

(information courtesy of ASGAP)

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