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Thursday, 25 May 2017

FFF287 - ROSE CONE FLOWER

Isopogon formosus, or Rose Cone Flower, in the Proteaceae family is a shrub that is endemic to areas near Albany and Esperance in Western Australia. It occurs naturally in heathland and woodland areas. It has an erect or bushy form and is usually between 1.5 and 2 metres high. The pink flowers appear from mid winter to early summer. Rounded "drumsticks" containing the seeds appear later, formed from the old flower parts.

The plants leaves are divided, narrow, terete and about 5 cm long. It was first described by Robert Brown in 1810. In 1891, German botanist Otto Kuntze published Revisio generum plantarum, his response to what he perceived as a lack of method in existing nomenclatural practice. Because Isopogon was based on Isopogon anemonifolius, and that species had already been placed by Richard Salisbury in the segregate genus Atylus in 1807, Kuntze revived the latter genus on the grounds of priority, and made the new combination Atylus formosus for this species. However, Kuntze's revisionary program was not accepted by the majority of botanists. Ultimately, the genus Isopogon was nomenclaturally conserved over Atylus by the International Botanical Congress of 1905.

Isopogon formosus requires excellent drainage and full sun. It will not tolerate long periods of dryness or heavy frost. It is usually propagated from seed which germinates readily without pretreatment. Cuttings are also successful using firm, current season's growth. Some limited work has been carried out by enthusiasts on the grafting of western species of Isopogon, onto eastern rootstocks to extend the range where the plants can be grown. This offers the best chance for successful cultivation in humid areas.

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13 comments:

  1. an interesting flower. Don´t think I have ever seen it before. Looks cool!

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  2. Visiting your blogs is like strolling through botanical gardens.
    Greetings from Germany

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  3. Every time you surprise me with an unknown flower! Groetjes Hetty

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  4. Am going back and forth, trying to remember if I've seen this flower or not (since it's only in pink?) In any case, beautiful!

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  5. Wow! I've never seen this one before!

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  6. Nice to meet you, Mrs. Isopogon formosus ;))
    Have a nice weekend, Nick!
    Greetings, Nicole

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  7. Nick, vibrant flower. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Very pretty!
    Have a great week-end!

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  9. That is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for hosting this blog party.

    Yael from HomeGardenDiggers.com

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  10. Interesting shape of flowers.
    Thank you for hosting FFF.

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