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I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
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Monday, 18 January 2021

The Marri trees are flowering

I always say there is always something flowering in the Western Australian bush.  It's mid summer here and the marri trees are flowering in the south west of Western Australia. 

Corymbia calophylla - commonly known as Marri - is one of around 80 eucalypts which were transferred in 1995 from the genus Eucalyptus to the newly created genus Corymbia. The species was formerly known as Eucalyptus calophylla and that name is still preferred by some. Australian Native Plants Society

Marri is an indigenous aboriginal Noongar word. Growing to 40-60 metres tall they are not suitable for suburban gardens, but they shade a creek walk near where live. We walked along there this morning. The bees were buzzing in the Marri flowers and the cockatoos where having a good time high in the trees chewing on the new buds and cracking into last year's nuts. 

Here below you can see the buds, the flowers, the nuts (commonly called honkey nuts) and nuts laying on the ground that have fallen after they have been cracked open by cockatoos. 

Below you can see here are red-tailed black cockatoos. We could hear them screeching in the trees. 

The red-tailed black cockatoos use their wide beak to shred the edge of the nuts so they can get to the seeds inside. 

Gum nuts and the gum nut babies were a feature of May Gibbs book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie - an Australian children's classic - May Gibbs

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  1. The Marri flowers are beautiful! Loved seeing the Cockatoo! :)

  2. The Marri trees are very merry! :-)

  3. Have never seen that kind of cockatoo! So interesting to see your word there.

  4. The Marri trees grow very tall, but beautiful aand that you can enjoy them on your walks. We have two corymbia ficifolia in our front garden, but thankfully they don't grow that tall, but they have lovely flowers too. The black cockatoos are magnificent. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jill - beautiful, unique flowers. And I love how casually you mention the cockatoos ... Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  6. Those fluffy plants are so cool!

  7. The white fuzz flowers look great and artsy. Thank you for introducing the gum nuts and its cute children's book at All Seasons.Have a productive week! Jesh

  8. Beautiful motifs, magical flowers!
    Your photos are great.
    Thank you for your always loyal participation.
    ♥ Greetings

  9. Amazing flowers! I have to get over there one day!

    Thank you for linking up at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  10. Stunning blooms of Corymbia tree . It would be my pleasure if you share your post to my Link up party based on Gardening , Nature here at http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2021/01/garden-affair-gazania-beauty.html

  11. Beautiful! I love seeing the nature that surrounds others in different parts of the world. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Beautiful! I love seeing nature that is not something I would normally see here in the Southeastern US. And I've not read the classic children's book but I hope to find a copy to read.


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