“* Flannel Flower *
by Carolyn Connolly.
"Actinotus helianthi, (or) Flannel Flower, is a common sight in bushland around Sydney, Australia. Despite its appearance, it is not a member of the daisy family but rather a species...of the Mackinlayaceae family, the same family as the carrot... The flannel flower is generally a herbaceous shrub growing up to 50 cm (18 in) high, although rare specimens can be found to be 1.5 m (5 feet) high. The stem, branches and leaves of the plant are a pale grey in colour, covered in downy hair (rather like a flannel in texture). The...daisy-shaped flower heads (are) around 5 or occasionally 8 cm (2-3 in) in diameter. The bracts are cream to white in colour. Flowering occurs in spring and may be profuse after bushfires. Flannel flowers grow in sandstone heathland in coastal New South Wales and Queensland, and are commonly seen around the Sydney basin in spring."
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