Pink Heath has to be one of the most joyous
things about Winter.
Common Pink Heath is the floral emblem for the State of Victoria.
It flowers from Autumn through to Spring but is at its best in Winter.
As its name suggests,
it is common and also comes in white
and a darker pink/almost red.
Common it may be,
but it is also impressive.
Its 2 cm (a little less than 1 inch) flower tubes
have nectar at their base and pollen close
to the opening. Nectar eating birds, are lightly dusted
when they probe the flower with their long beaks
and become unwitting pollinators.
But that's not all.
The microscopic pollen grains have narrow fins
that slide between the edges of the bird's feathers
so that they are efficiently carried away.
Now, that is IMPRESSIVE
So it will come as no surprise that the botanical name
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