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This beautiful American sweetgum is still aflutter with orange, butter yellow, coral, crimson and deep mulberry coloured leaves, each with five sharply-pointed lobes.
This beautiful American sweetgum is still aflutter with orange, butter yellow, coral, crimson and deep mulberry coloured leaves, each with five sharply-pointed lobes.
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Grindelia chiloensis

Each bud on the Grindelia chiloensis is a Cyclops milky eye, the basin filled with a sticky white latex
It seems impossible that this extraordinary flower does not have a matching mythology. Each bud on the sprawling plant in the Glasshouse Bays is a Cyclops milky eye, the basin filled with a sticky white latex through which, miraculously, the bright ray florets unfold into a blazing eye of brightest yellow from the typically composite capitulum as toddlers extend the fingers to practice counting on.

This gumweed from the Americas produces copious amounts of white glue, an anti-herbivory defense adaptation. And, Grindelia must be the name of one of Cinderella's ugly sisters - let's hope one day she undergoes a similar metamorphosis!
Publication Date
09/06/2014