Monday, September 28, 2009

The Wheel of Fire Tree

The flower featured in the PalumaPrint blog banner is the Wheel of Fire (Stenocarpus sinuatus). Sometimes called Wheel Flower, this is from the rainforests of Queensland and has long been used as an ornamental tree in more southern parks and gardens. I first saw it flowering in a paddock on the Atherton Tablelands back in the eighties - a paddock that was once, sadly, lush tropical rainforest. Since then I have spotted it flowering in a backgarden in suburban Brisbane, in Hyde Park smack in the middle of Sydney and in the grounds of La Trobe University in outer Melbourne, Victoria. This is one tough tree - a bit large for my small backyard though, so I will have to admire it from afar. Eminent artists such as Margaret Preston have also recognised its stunning beauty. See her woodcut print at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

And this is the real thing

Its solid but graceful form and vibrant colour makes a beautiful textile print.

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