This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Dr. Erasmus Darwin, an English nature-student). Myrtaceae. About 40 Australian evergreen shrubs, a very few of which are sometimes grown for the colored flower-like campanulate involucres that hold their condition 3-5 months; not in the American trade. Leaves few and usually heath-like: flowers small, inclosed in petal-like bracts at the summit of the branches; calyx-lobes 5; petals 5; stamens 10, alternating with staminodia; ovary 1-celled, the fruit 1-seeded. The darwinias prop, from well-ripened tips of side shoots taken in early autumn or in spring. They require greenhouse or intermediate temperatures. D. Hookeriana, Benth. (Genetyllis fuchsimdes, Hort.). Leaves linear-oblong, 1/2in. long, scattered: stems red: inner bracts of hanging involucre 1 in. long, bright red, the outer ones shorter and greenish and passing into the stem - leaves: flowers small, greenish white, usually about 6 in each involucre. B.M. 4860 (as Genetyllis macrostegia). G.C. III. 43:243. F.S. 10; 1009. D. macrostegia, Benth. Leaves elliptic-oblong, 3/4in. or less long, scattered: inner bracts 1 1/2 in. long, creamy white with red splashes and stripes, the outer ones shorter and more colored, the lowest ones passing into the foliage.
B.M. 4858 (as Genetyllis tulipifera). I.H. 2:73. F.S. 10:1064.
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