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Friday Fabulous Flower - Darwinia

As long as the celebration of Darwin Day has come a day early, might as well go all in and provide a most appropriate fabulous flower, one with the honorific generic name Darwinia (D. macrostegia), a member of the Myrtaceae (myrtle family) and native of Australia. This image was borrowed from an Australia native plant webpage. Like a number of other members of this family in Australia, Darwinia is a shrubby plant with small, tough leaves and living in a low-statured woodland community that we call a heath. Someone (not sure who the author is) did OK by Charles with this handsome plant. Ah, it was George Bentham, who transferred this species to this genus.

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