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Ann Schinkel

Bauera capitata
dog rose

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.

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