|Eosanthemum australe B.|
Distribution in Brutland and Norden
The goodmornings is a herbaceous flowering plant native to the South Pacific. It is called goodmornings in English and bonmattioro in Nord-Brutlandese because its fleeting scent greets people waking up in the morning. Its genus, Eosanthemum, came from Greek eos “dawn” + anthemon “flower”.
The goodmornings is a herbaceous plant with a woody stem, reaching a height of up to 80 centimetres tall. The leaves are rounded to kidney-shaped, 3–20 centimetres across, with a bluntly serrated margin and a thick, waxy texture. Stems are hollow. The flowers are yellow, 2–5 cm diameter, with 5-7 petal-like sepals and many yellow stamens; which open at dawn releasing a scent which had been built up throughout the night. The flowers are visited by a great variety of insects for pollen and for the nectar secreted from small depressions, one on each side of each carpel, during the day. At night, the flowers close. Carpels form into green sac-like follicles to 1 cm long, each opening to release several seeds.
Goodmornings are found throughout the South Pacific but it thrives well in clay soils.
Uses and Precautions
Goodmornings grow best in partial shade. In scented gardens it is grown under the bloodtrees. It is a popular ornamental plant, sought for it fleeting scent which appears at dawn and dissipates two to three hours later. Different colored flowers are known, but yellow and white ones are the most common.
Like many members of the buttercup family, goodmornings are poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal upset when ingested.