Grevillea – The Australian Native Flower

Australia has many Native species of Flora.There is the Banksia, Wattle, Acacia & Eucalyptus.

But for sheer variety in a species, it’s hard to go past the Grevillea.( Gre -Vil -E A )

A flower cluster, showing three stages of the flower.

A flower cluster, showing three stages of the flower.

They come in a number of colours , but the candy pinks to reds are the most prevalent.

They start with the flower pod,which are those furry tear shaped clusters.

Flower Pods

Flower Pods

The next stage is the flower opens with the Stamen inverted into the flower.

Close up of flower with inverted stamen

Close up of flower with inverted stamen

These spring out in another piece of  genius by Nature.

Rainbow Lorikeet,Trichoglossus  haematodus

What happens is nectar feeding birds including Lorikeets & Honey eaters , come and stick their tongues down the centre of those red parts of the flower.The stamen that are now sticking out get stuck on the bird’s face and beak.They go along to the next Grevillea and pollination occurs.

Flower with extended stamen

Flower with extended stamen

Everybody goes away happy including this little guy

A Musk Lorikeet

A Musk Lorikeet

Tech Info: Canon 600D, 28-135mm Lens,21mm & 13mm extension Tubes, developed in Lightroom 5

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