Pink Flannel Flower

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Flannel Flowers
genus Actinotus
family Apiaceae

Sydney Flannel Flower
Flannel Flowers. It is not until you look closely at their petals that you understand the name.

The petals are really bracts. The flowerheads are in the centre.

There are three species that have "Flannel Flower" as part of their common name. They are -

They all belong to the Actinotus genus, family Apiaceae.

The Apiaceae family includes carrots, parsnip and celery, and a host of herbs such as parsley, caraway, coriander and fennel. And hemlock.


The Sydney Flannel Flower - Actinotus helianthi

Sydney Flannel Flower
Although sometimes referred to as the Sydney Flannel Flower, it is usually simply known as the Flannel Flower.

It is prolific in the sandstone national parks in the greater Sydney area and can be sometimes found in spectacular drifts.

Sydney Flannel Flower

The flowers are about 50mm in diameter and appear in Spring.

Note the soft light green bract tips.


Additional Sydney Flannel Flower images

Sydney Flannel Flower
Sydney Flannel Flower
Sydney Flannel Flower

The photos of the Sydney Flannel Flower were taken in the Lane Cove National Park in Sydney.


The Lesser Flannel Flower- Actinotus minor

Lesser Flannel Flower
This is the Lesser Flannel Flower, although in this case less is certainly more as it peppers native woodland and open forest in spring, summer and well into autumn.

It is both prolific and hardy. Its flowers are about 10mm in diameter.

Lesser Flannel Flower

The photos of the Lesser Flannel Flower were taken in the Upper Blue Mountains.


The Pink Flannel Flower - Actinotus forsythii

Sydney Flannel Flower
Until a few years ago, the stunning Pink Flannel Flower was rarely seen as it only appears in the summer following a bushfire.

Recent bushfires and controlled burns in the Blue Mountains has meant that it is no longer rarely seen.

The Pink Flannel Flower is also known as the Ridge Flannel Flower as it is found on ridges.

Its flowers are about 20mm in diameter.


Pink Flannel Flower
The Pink Flannel Flowers pictured here appeared in the summer following the December 2002 bushfires in the Blue Mountains.

As with banksias, it is believed that the seeds require smoke to germinate. These seeds could have lain dormant for decades.

Pink Flannel Flower

Shown here are the burnt remains of a grove of Heath Banksias. Although not shown clearly, there were hundreds of banksia seedlings amongst the Pink Flannel Flowers.

Here's images of a cream and a white Pink Flannel Flower.

Pink Flannel Flower
Pink Flannel Flower

Additional Pink Flannel Flower images

Pink Flannel Flower
Pink Flannel Flower
Pink Flannel Flower

The photos of the Pink Flannel Flower were taken in the Upper Blue Mountains.


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