2019, watercolour on paper
26 x 15 cm
Collected 1770: Botany Bay
Collected 2018: Poona
This delicate rendition invites appreciation of a small scale beauty that may otherwise be overlooked in coastal heath.
The tiny, deep pink flowers are jewel-like and the leaves are whorled – radiating from the stem in rings. The artist imbues this pretty miniature world with a fairy-like feeling. The fruit, a two celled capsule, is also depicted. Bauera is a small genus of shrubs which are endemic to eastern Australia.
The genus was named in honour of brothers Ferdinand Bauer and Franz Bauer, Austrian botanical illustrators.
© 2020 Botanical Artists’ Society Queensland