Xanthostemon youngii (Myrtaceae)

Xanthostemon youngii ATH carpark DSC_0297 (6)

I would so love to see this amazingly ornamental species, the aptly naamed Crimson Penda, in its native habitat in the beach forests of Cape York.

But I am not complaining at the privilege to encounter this beauty at the carpark outside the Australian Tropical Herbarium.

Xanthostemon youngii ATH carpark DSC_0297 (10)

Xanthostemon youngii ATH carpark DSC_0297 (11)
As with all the Xanthostemons I know, this species has alternate leaves. The leaves have a somewhat narrow obovate shape and are slightly leathery.

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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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