|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Family:||Myrtle (Myrtaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Fringe-myrtle (Calytrix tetragona)|
|This Photo:||🔍Buds & Flower, profile🔎|
Thank you BaronSamedi for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Adelaide Hills, Flinders Ranges and possibly elsewhere
They have very distinctive sepals with long strands. Looking at the buds, you can see those long strands wrapping the bud. When it finishes flowering the petals fall off leaving the sepals looking like flowers. The name Calytrix translates from greek as "Hairy Calyx". The red sepals turn to yellow, then beige/off white as they age; staying on the plant for a long time. This is one of those plants where the seed/fruit forms behind the flower. As such, the calix stays with the fruit and acts as a windmill to then disperse the seed.