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Lilli Pilli(Lilly Pilly)

July 23, 2007

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Lilli Pilli (Acmena smithii). Two different plants – the top one is about 2m tall, the bottom one is about a 50cms tall.

The berries of the Lilli Pilli ripen to be purple/reddish and you can make them into jam but I have never tried to do this. There isn’t enough of them and the birds do like them. The purple berries you can also be boiled to make ink. Lilli Pilli ink for my fountain pen, I wonder how many I’d need.

This is the first time I have ever seen a plant flower, however I was under the impression that they flowered in spring. I love the elongated bell like flowers with their dangling stamens. The flowers are more lime coloured than the picture conveys

I apologise for the flash in the second photo but without a tripod and with cloud cover, there just wasn’t enough light. I’m not as steady as I used to be for a shutter speed of 1/10.

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