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.
It is prolific in the sandstone national parks in the greater Sydney area and can be sometimes found in spectacular drifts.
The flowers are about 50mm in diameter and appear in Spring.
Note the soft light green bract tips.
Additional Sydney Flannel Flower images
The photos of the Sydney Flannel Flower were taken in the Lane Cove National Park in Sydney.
It is both prolific and hardy. Its flowers are about 10mm in diameter.
The photos of the Lesser Flannel Flower were taken in the Upper Blue Mountains.
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.
As with banksias, it is believed that the seeds require smoke to germinate. These seeds could have lain dormant for decades.
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.
Additional Pink Flannel Flower images
The photos of the Pink Flannel Flower were taken in the Upper Blue Mountains.