Watercolour on paper
68 cm H x 50 cm W
Syzygium suborbiculare (also known as Lady Apple or Red Bush Apple) is one of the plants collected by Banks and Solander 150 years ago and is found growing in the tropics. Aborigines are known to use the fruit for colds and chest congestion and squeeze the juice and pulp into their ears to relieve earache. The leaves are made into a tea to treat stomach problems, while heated leaves can be applied to wounds to stop bleeding and swelling. I fell in love with the large creamy white flowers and bright red fruit which contrast starkly against the glossy dark green leaves. This was such a joy (and a challenge) to paint.