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K-le Gomez Cabrera

Byblis liniflora
rainbow plant

2019, coloured pencil on paper
26 x 18.5 cm

Collected 1770: Endeavour River

Collected 2019: Mt Stuart
Observed 2019: James Cook University Herbarium

The artist has chosen a black background to present the iridescent character of this tiny plant. The enlarged and singular composition invites close inspection, revealing the living microcosm of flower, seed and leaf formations. An insect can be seen trapped in the dense coating of sticky glandular hairs.

Byblis liniflora is native to northern Australia. It is a very delicate annual carnivorous plant that produces sticky droplets to catch prey. The droplets glisten in the sunlight producing an array of colours; hence the common name, rainbow plant.

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