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Plant photographs with names from all my travels, showing mostly plants n the wild, but sometimes in cultivation.

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You're welcome as always. I try and share wherever possible!

This tulip is one that is supposedly more tolerant of the warmer summers we get here. So far that's true, but I think a longer time is needed to prove that!

Cheers, Greg

The names were very good indeed! at least as far as I can say after running google image on them! (my knowledge is THAT bad!!!).

Thanks a lot!

Our species is dioica. We don't have a lot of stinging plants, and occasionally I realize (too late) I've come in contact with it!

It is a striking picture isn't it! I guess a vine was growing up the trunk as the tree was developing, and shaped the trunk as the tree grew within its coils. No sign of the vine now though. The 'previous' picture shows the whole tree.

Also, getting back to an earlier topic of conversation, the 'next' photo shows a great native grass. We call it Porcupine Grass, although it is often known as Spinifex. The leaves are needle-sharp and the whole plant gets to be about a metre tall as a dense tussock. This is one of the most shapely individuals I have seen.

Hope you maaged to truly get some relaxation time in.

Cheers, greg

Agradece o sandro. Cumprimentos de Austrália, Greg (translated using MS Word, hope it is ok)

This is actually the Capertee Valley - second largest open gorge in the world - Grand Canyon USA is the only one larger. Grand Canyon NSW is closer to Blackheath. I hope you don't mind I have nominated the actual position where this photo was taken.

Cheers, Greg

it just gets the general common name of monkey-flower in the Flora of NSW. I think you have a much nicer picture. These were naturalised on the banks of a large New Zealand river. I haven't seen them in NSW.

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I did see your Geranium, a nice photo too. This one is tiny - about the size of a penny for each flower (US penny that is). I have several other species pictured, but I think only this one (G. solanderi) has so far slipped though without getting tagged properly.

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Oh, to only have to deal with that many! The flora of NSW comes to 4 volumes, about 650pp each, with about 7300 species of which 85% would be native (and that's just one state...) There are 210 families in the flora, with the majority of them having >10spp. However, the largest families (sedges, grasses, daisies, orchids, myrtles and peas) would account for about 50% of species.

As to keeping up with taxonomy, don't really bother! As long as you know a scientific name it's usually fine... ;) It's when landholders come to you with their common name for something and it's different to someone else's same common name, or a common name used differs between watersheds, that's when it's fun... (aaarggghhh...)

As to families, well, you got the link to the phylogeny site. Guess where I spend far too much time...

Teh root word for Zingiberaceae is Zingiber, the genus containing ginger (Z. officinale).

Now I know what the amazing purple tree was that was dropping blossoms all over my daughter's patio in San Diego, CA.

It must be spectacular sight when all three species are blooming. Thanks for all the info, Greg. It's fascinating!

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