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Lambertia formosa, commonly known as mountain devil, is an Australian native of the family Proteaceae, and is endemic to NSW. The flowers hold profuse amounts of nectar and are pollinated by honeyeaters. It grows as a multistemmed shrub to around 2 metres with a woody base known as a lignotuber, from which it regrows after bushfire. It has stiff narrow leaves, and the pink to red flowerheads, made up of seven individual tubular flowers, generally appear in spring and summer. It gains its common name from the horned woody follicles, which were used to make small devil-figures.
Dense native bushland on the Girrakool Loop walking track, Girrakool National Park, NSW Central Coast. Sandy soils but lots of leaf litter, mostly dry area, sunny aspect. Close to Piles Creek and tributaries that flow for most of the year and would be torrents during heavy rainfall.
Lat: -33.43, Long: 151.28
Spotted on Nov 27, 2017
Submitted on Dec 8, 2017