Plant of the Month — February 2017
Beaufortia squarrosa Schauer — Sand Beaufortia
Beaufortia squarrosa (Sand Beaufortia) is a medium shrub to 2 metres high. The showy red to orange flowers occur in globular clusters towards the ends of the branches and are produced throughout the year, but more prolifically from January to May. The species can be found on sandplains from Busselton to north of Geraldton.
The genus Beaufortia is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. Twenty-two species were recognised in a recent revision of the genus by the Department of Parks and Wildlife Research Associate Dr Andrew Burbidge, which was published in the Western Australian Herbarium’s journal Nuytsia.
Photo: R. Davis
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