March – Grevillea leaves, [ Grevillea decurrens ], 60x100cm, oil on linen

Grevillea decurrens
Family: Proteaceae. Small slender tree 3-5metres high. Pale pink flowers with prominent protuding style, 2 to 3.5 centimetres long. Fruit is smooth, round, thick-walled and woody, containing two papery winged seeds. Common in open forest, woodland and shrubland. A small ornamental tree suited to gardens and parkland plantings. Seeds eaten raw by Aboriginal people, source of nectar for bees. Pollinated by birds – honey eaters. Found across northern Australia.

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