Plant of the Month — January 2019

Beaufortia purpurea Lindl. — Purple Beaufortia

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Beaufortia purpurea (Purple Beaufortia) is a compact shrub growing to 1.5 m high. The attractive flowers, produced in spring and summer, are arranged in bottlebrush-like spikes on the ends of the branches, with the stamen bundles giving the flowers their bright purple or purplish red colour.

Purple Beaufortia has a restricted distribution, occurring only on and near the Darling Scarp near Perth, where it usually grows in soils derived from laterite or granite on rocky slopes.

The genus Beaufortia (Myrtaceae) is endemic to the south-west of WA; twenty-two species are currently recognised, including three new species published in 2016 by Andrew Burbidge in our journal Nuytsia https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/science/nuytsia/779.pdf >

Photo: R. Davis

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