Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Botany picture #111: Cryptandra amara

Cryptandra amara, Australian Capital Territory, 2013. Among the early spring flowers in nearby Mount Majura Nature Reserve is this white-flowered dwarf shrub. It looks superficially like a heath but the spinose branches and a closer look at the flowers betray its affiliation with the Rhamnaceae. When in bloom, it exudes a strong sweet smell that is very noticeable even from a distance.

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