Stylidium eriorrhizum (Stylidiaceae)

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For someone so boldly beautiful, there are actually no images out there on a google search! At least not at time time of this writing.

But I can understand.

In my time in Paluma I had seen Stylidium eriorrhizum dozens of times on the dry open forest floor. It was not in flower and was all there was was a little neat rosette plant a couple of centimeters wide that had the look of a small ornamental succulent Crussula. Despite having seen numerous trigger plants in Tasmania and even here, it did not occur to me that this plant was a Stylidium.

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Then it all fell into place when she finally graced me with her flowers.

Those sticky hairs all along the flower stalk, those pink flowers and those specialized stamens for violently implanting pollen on insect pollinators – unmistakably a trigger plant.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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