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|The Large-flowered Guichenotia (G. macrantha) is a medium sized shrub native from the wheatbelt East of Perth, and the sand plains between Perth and Geraldton. Note the hairy and recurved leaves, characterisitic of plant adaptation to heat and lack of water. |
The genus comprises about 16 species and is entirely endemic to the South West of Western Australia. It belongs to the Malvaceae family which includes the well known hibiscus.
This specimen was photographed in the garden of the Eastern Hills branch of the WA Wildflower Society.
The genus name honours Antoine Guichenot, gardener's boy on the 1801–1803 French scientific voyage to Australia under Nicolas Baudin. Guichenot was poorly educated, with poor literacy skills and little knowledge of plants, yet worked extremely hard, collecting more plant specimens than the officially appointed botanist, Jean Baptiste Leschenault de la Tour, and, despite his poor literacy, labelling them with much more useful annotations.
On another note:
There is a push to nominate the entire conservation realm (national parks and reserves) of the South-West of Western Australia as a World Heritage area because of the extremely high biodiversity of that region. It rivals tropical forests in its plant diversity.
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nice pic of a nice flower. Australia is fantastic for its flowers and animals. I hope you enjoyed it.
Hi, Odile. This is a lovely flower and although it is difficult to capture white flowers this one looks very nice.
Well composed in its natural setting and including the buds was a good idea. Thanks for sharing.