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Everlasting daisy bud Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.<br />
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These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia. <br />
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Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single &#039;flower&#039; with the bracts as the &#039;petals&#039;. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.<br />
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Here we see the bracts still closed, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge - and below, half-open and fully open (a different cultivar). This orange one is cultivar &#039;sunrise&#039;. <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/125110/everlasting_daisy_half-unfurled.html" title="Everlasting daisy half-unfurled"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/125110_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1667433610&Signature=qrbh3PtSqdnbVWrrF0SBbd%2BeEis%3D" width="200" height="194" alt="Everlasting daisy half-unfurled Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.<br />
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These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia.<br />
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Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single &#039;flower&#039; with the bracts as the &#039;petals&#039;. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.<br />
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Here we see the bracts half-unfurled, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge and below, a fully enclosed bud. This is cultivar &#039;sunrise&#039;. <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87807/paper_daisy_fully_open.html" title="Paper daisy (fully open)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/87807_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1667433610&Signature=38jEbbruHzBV5SgQFFS%2FwgyqXcM%3D" width="200" height="190" alt="Paper daisy (fully open) Xerochrysum is a genus of plants native to Australia with variable forms including annuals and low growing perennial shrubs. Their flowers really do feel as if made of paper!<br />
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The genus was formerly known as Helichrysum and is now also known as Xerochrysum.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86974/paper_daisy_beginning_to_open.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/124297/everlasting_daisy_bud.html<br />
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Everlasting daisy bud

Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.

These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia.

Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single 'flower' with the bracts as the 'petals'. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.

Here we see the bracts still closed, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge - and below, half-open and fully open (a different cultivar). This orange one is cultivar 'sunrise'.

Everlasting daisy half-unfurled Xerochrysum is a small genus of six species, all of which were formerly classified in the genus Bracteantha. Xerochrysum bracteatum was previously known as Bracteantha bracteata and references to its even earlier name of Helichrysum bracteatum may still be found in many publications.<br />
<br />
These native plants are variable, from annual forms to low growing perennial sub-shrubs. Widespread in various habitats in all States and Territories of Australia.<br />
<br />
Leaves are usually large, up to 10 cm in length. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single 'flower' with the bracts as the 'petals'. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.<br />
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Here we see the bracts half-unfurled, encasing the flowers, yet to open and emerge and below, a fully enclosed bud. This is cultivar 'sunrise'. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/124297/everlasting_daisy_bud.html Asteraceae,Asterales,Australia,Bracteantha bracteata,Everlasting daisy,Flora,Geotagged,Spring,Strawflower,XEROCHRYSUM BRACTEATUM,Xerochrysum bracteatum,botany,new south wales,paper daisy


Paper daisy (fully open) Xerochrysum is a genus of plants native to Australia with variable forms including annuals and low growing perennial shrubs. Their flowers really do feel as if made of paper!<br />
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The genus was formerly known as Helichrysum and is now also known as Xerochrysum.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86974/paper_daisy_beginning_to_open.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/124297/everlasting_daisy_bud.html<br />
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    comments (4)

  1. It is beautifuly portrait and shows what you can see if you look closely. Posted 10 months ago
    1. Especially grateful for the science and technology of the macro lens. What a world it allows us to see. Posted 10 months ago
  2. Great shot! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Thank you. Posted 10 months ago

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''Xerochrysum bracteatum'', commonly known as the golden everlasting or strawflower, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae native to Australia. It grows as a woody or herbaceous perennial or annual shrub up to a metre tall with green or grey leafy foliage.

Similar species: Asterales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Nov 15, 2021. Captured Oct 28, 2021 13:27 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm