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Rare Pink Flannel Flowers Bringing Joy to a Fire Ravaged Landscape

By Fresh Air Daily
Archived 22 Apr 2021 - Posted: 23 Feb 2021
Residents and visitors alike are being wowed by a spectacular display of rare pink flannel flowers at various location in the Blue Mountains this month.

The seeds of the pink flannel flower (Actinotus forsythia) lay dormant for years, and only flower in the very rare conditions when an unusually wet summer, follows a summer of bushfires.  

The flowers can now be spotted in several locations which were severely burnt in the devastating fires of the 2019/2020 summer. These areas are still dominated by blackened stumps, but the flannel flowers are bringing a spot of colour with their tiny delicate pink flowers and white leaves. They look quite similar to daisies, with a cluster of tiny pink flowers surrounded by white furry leaves which measure around 1-3 cm across.

According to park rangers, controlling the crowds on the weekend, the Narrowneck area has not seen the pink flannel flower in bloom since 1957.

 
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