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Florence Joly

Melaleuca viminalis
weeping bottlebrush

2019, graphite, coloured pencil on paper 
33 x 66 cm

Collected 1770: Endeavour River

Observed 2018: Chapel Hill

The artist has depicted precious details of the weeping bottlebrush at magnified scales to create a portrait of related parts in a triptych format. The hard, fibrous, furrowed bark and woody seed capsules starkly contrast with the soft bundles of fine stamens that form the floral brushes.

Nectar from the flowers of this small tree are eaten by many birds, while the flowers themselves are eaten by lorikeets and the seeds are eaten by pale headed rosellas.

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