Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

See what’s blooming this month!

Each month our volunteer guides bring you the best of what's happening in our gardens. Find out which plants are blooming or are in the peak of their season for you to view.

Sydney POM August 15

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Medinilla multiflora Merr.
Malaysian Orchid, Malaysian Grapes

Etymology
Genus: Medinilla: Named for Jose’ de Medinilla y Pineda, Spanish Governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.
Multiflora: derived from Latin multi ‘many’ and flora ‘flowered’ referring to the many flowers.

Flowering
Late Winter to Spring.

Information
Medinilla is a genus of about 400 species which are predominantly epiphytic shrubs with 90 per cent endemic to the Philippines. The remainder occur in other parts of Malesia.

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Annan POM August 15

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Acacia leucoclada subsp. argentifolia 
Northern Silver Wattle

Etymology
Genus: Acacia — from the Greek acacia, ace or acis, a point or thorn.
Species: leucoclada — from the Greek leukos meaning white and klados meaning branch.
argentifolia – from the Latin argent meaning silver and folia meaning leaf.

Flowering
Flowering occurs during July to September. The showy globular flower heads are yellow and grow in long axillary racemes. The mature pods are red-brown in colour and slightly hairy, they are present during November to January.

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Protea cynaroides 'King White'

 Photo: Jan Allen

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Protea cynaroides 
King protea ‘King White’

Etymology
Genus: Protea  from the Greek god, Proteus, capable of changing his form at will and in reference to the variety of forms within the genus.
Species: Cynaroides  resembling Cynara, the genus name of the globe artichoke, in reference to the involucral bracts, especially obvious in bud.

Distribution
The species, from which this cultivar was developed by the ‘Proteaflora’ plant nursery in Monbulk, Victoria, is native to South Africa. There, it is the most widespread protea species with variation in flower colour, flowering time and plant morphology leading to the recognition of variants. The predominant flower colour is pink though white forms have been seen in the Kogelberg area and may occur elsewhere

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