Basketflower

Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Adenanthos
Species: obovatus
Main Flower Colour: Red

Description

A lanky, erect, lignotuberous shrub, reaching about 1.5m high. Rounded or oval leaves are crowded along the branches. Flowers are quite large, orange-red with prominent hairy styles. Grows in white or grey sand, gravel, loam on consolidated sand dunes, swamps and winter-wet depressions. The shrub regenerates after bushfire by resprouting from its underground lignotuber. Pollinators include honeyeaters, particularly the Western Spinebill, which can access the nectar with its long curved bill, and the Silvereye, which punctures the flower tube.

Flowering start in May and ends in December.

Identification

The main flower colour is red.

Uses

The most commonly cultivated Adenanthos species in Australia, it has a long flowering period and attracts honeyeaters to the garden. It is harvested for the cut flower industry.

References

http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1791

Created: 15 Nov 2014 - Member - John and Val

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Location

Bio Regions

WAR - Warren

Specifics

coastal heath west of Albany, WA

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