|Forgotton the name of this one|
|Black kangaroo paw|
|My sketch of honkey nuts|
Having done some more research, I have discovered that Marri was categorised as Eucalyptus calophyllal until the 1990s, then the plant classification people changed its name by placing it in the genus Corymbia, with other bloodwoods, which is a primitive group of eucalypts. Makes me wonder whether this is an older form of eucalyptus, and therefore less evolved.
The early settlers called it Red Gum but an early Conservator of Forests changed the name to the Aboriginal name, Marri, in order to avoid confusion with the River Red Gum which is a different form of ecualyptus.
There were many beautiful forms of eucalyptus. I was struck by one of the largest forms, which had dramatic flower heads opening. The flower pod was like an egg cup with a perfectly fitting pointed hat on top and as the flower pushes off the cap, the pod splits horizontally and pops off demonstrating a shock of filament petals in brilliant pink. Absolutely stunning.
The local buses have much more interesting seating fabric than in London. The moquette is bright and busy. This is a picture for my friend Lisa.