Xanthostemon whitei (Myrtaceae)

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I am sad to say that I haven’t yet seen flowers for this rather discreet rainforest tree, the Red Penda, but from what I can see from the photos available online, the flowers of this species are no less spectacular than the widely cultivated Golden Penda.

I find it hard to say what are the distinguishing feature of this but I must say it was quite a kick getting this right the first time.

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The leaves and especially leaf buds are red-rusty hairy.

The leaves are alternately arranged, somewhat dark hairy and obovate shaped, tapering to the base and attached to the twig by a rather short leaf stalk. On the leaf underside the hark hairs show up conspicuosly on the venation, thereby highlighting the vein pattern.

More when I find flowers.

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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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