Friday, April 8, 2016
Botany picture #227: Gossypium sturtianum
Gossypium sturtianum (Malvaceae), the Northern Territory state flower, from our recent weekend visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This is in the still very young Red Centre Garden, with the typical red sand specifically imported to design this section as genuinely as possible.
The question was always how many of the plants originally planted out would like the Canberra climate. Some have not done so well, but others are thriving, among them some Solanum, Acacia, Calandrinia, several Asteraceae including the poached egg daisy, and this species.
Botanically it is basically a native Australian cotton. Typical for many Malvaceae is the fusion of many stamens into a filament tube around the female organs.