Friday, January 20, 2012

Fern-leafed Germander

Teucrium argutum var. incisum
The native germander familiar to those of us who live in the Toowoomba area is the variety known as “var. argutum”. (See April 2011 for a description of it.)
Less well known is this variety from the dry plains to the west, which has soft, deeply incised leaves. This pretty plant has recently been put in at Peacehaven Botanic Park in Highfields, where the shelter now provided by the maturing trees of the Dry Rainforest section is enabling the planting of smaller plants amongst them to begin.
Its flowers, as you can see, resemble those of “var. argutum” (below) but the leaves are quite distinctive.

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