“* Flannel Flower *

by Carolyn Connolly.
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"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.[2] 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.[3] Flannel flowers grow in sandstone heathland in coastal New South Wales and Queensland, and are commonly seen around the Sydney basin in spring."

Refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinotus_helianthi


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