Sunday, 1 October 2006

Posh Beckxiana

The Cape Arid climber, Kennedia beckxiana, has just started to flower. It is restricted to a small area of coastal Western Australia from Condingup to Israelite Bay, where it grows on granite and sand. Despite the need for free-draining soil, it's another Kennedia that does well on the Melbourne clay.

When I took this photo, I disturbed a geometrid caterpillar that had been snacking on the leaves and possibly the petals as well. Certainly, something has been making a meal of these flowers. And there's plenty to eat. Kennedia beckxiana has large blossoms. These are about 50 mm from tip of keel to tip of standard. Okay, it's not a magnolia bloom but that's impressive for a pea!

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