Granite Claw Flower.

From Lofty:

I had a botanist friend over who identified this bush in our garden as a Western Australian native, “Calothamnus graniticus”, normally found in sandy soils derived from granite. It grows well in our garden, it was here when we moved in 20 years ago.

So fuzzy! Click for full size.


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  1. Kengi says

    Yes, but how did it get from Mars to Earth? And just what are those poor pink creatures they are eating? Were they from Mars as well?

    Fascinating photo.

  2. Lofty says

    West Australian wild flowers are amazing. Looks like the previous owner of our place loved them too.

  3. says

    That’s almost the platypus of plants. It looks like a deciduous pine and a peony had a fun time mating. That’s a great plant!

  4. rq says

    I dunno, I think those are squidlings. I think the cephalopods have been experimenting with land-based organisms again.
    Then again, if you can get it to bloom at the right time, it’s a self-decorating christmas tree (trim to the right shape, of course)!

  5. Lofty says

    Oh and the foliage is sensuously soft to touch too. When it’s in full bloom I might get another pic, it’s just started. I’m quite used to pretty native plants that try to take your skin off as you pass so normally gauntlet gloves are necessary gardening equipment.

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