Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Strange Blue Flower

Originally uploaded by quadrapop.
I found this flower growing by the path around the corner from our house. I've never seen anything like it before.

It was found growing in sand opposite a wetland in Perth, WA, Australia. The flower is about 1.5cm across and grows on a single long (~20cm) stem with hairy serated lancet leaves which are about 2.5cm long.

Thanks Michael's workmates and Urtica, I now know what this flower's latin name is.
Wahlenbergia capensis or Cape Bluebell
Which means this is an African invader and I can pick them with impunity;-)

Originally uploaded by quadrapop.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wahlenbergia capensis - Cape Bluebell - sorry to say, it's a weed :P

There are some advantages to working with botanists :P