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Warty and foetid, from the border

Like last week's species, this one also grows in the Gondwana Garden at Cranbourne (and in the Peppermint Garden not too far away). I happened to see another specimen in a pot, in our Melbourne nursery, perhaps destined for the Australian Forest Walk in Melbourne. Zieria adenodonta  has, again like last week's plant, rather small flowers. Even smaller. They are at most a few millimetres in diameter, and with their stalks still shorter than the leaves around them. And yet again like last week's, the flowers have four petals. This time only four stamens (the male parts topped by anthers with pollen). The older stems at least are warty and softly hair, and the mostly three-pronged leaves warty above and hairy below. In cultivated material the leaves can apparently express a few extra leaflets, making them either palmate (like a hand) or even pinnate (with parallel rows). The specimen I photographed had only 'trifoliate' leaves, many beautifully tinged with red. In te

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