Kennedia nigricans. The bud is entirely black, the open flower black and yellow. Native to the southwest of Western Australia, but the specimen pictured here grows by my back door. The quote is from The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
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Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (http://www.cimarron.com.au)